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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Bottom Line: District and Charter Schools Can Work Together to Improve All Public Schools

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C., where I lead the sole…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and National Association of Charter School…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too?

Chartering is in part about bringing a diversity of approaches to improving public schools. Working with unions is surely one viable, even attractive, approach.…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016

Choice and Segregation in Durham, North Carolina

Rita Rathbone, Ed.D., is a teacher and magnet coordinator at a traditional public school in Durham, North Carolina, who is concerned that the emergence of…

By Rita Rathbone

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Posted May 12, 2016

Believe It or Not, Teachers Unions and Charter School Supporters Share a Lot of Common Ground

If you believe the heated rhetoric in recent weeks over court rulings on teacher tenure and the unionization efforts at public charter schools, the teachers…

By Greg Richmond

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Here’s to Making Charter Schools Better in Michigan

Being from Michigan, generally, is a wonderful thing. Great people, Great Lakes, you get the picture. When it’s not so wonderful, however, is when you…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

How to Clean Up the Charter Sector: When It Comes to Low-Performing Charters, Start Naming Names and Taking Action

Richard Whitmire speaks the truth regarding low-performing charter schools: not only are they bad for students and families, but they also stand in the way of advocating for more charters and other reforms. Over at The74, he provides a 5-point list on how to clean up a weak sector, and concludes with some sage advice: Bottom line: Enough with the feel-good press releases from charter advocates about closing bad charters. Start taking action.…

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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