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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Statement on Antwan Wilson’s Appointment as New Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson has been named by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. Antwan brings to D.C. a relentless focus on educational equity and a stellar track record of driving academic improvements in cities like Denver and Oakland. No one fights harder for kids or believes more deeply in their ability to achieve, and he is the right leader to continue…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 16, 2016

D.C. Public Schools Are a Model Once Again, This Time on School Discipline

While turf wars are being waged between traditional public schools and charter schools across the nation, the District of Columbia is leading the way showing…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Mar. 17, 2016

Discipline in Charter Schools: There’s More to the Story

This week, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA came out with a report on charter and traditional public schools’ discipline practices. The Civil Rights Project has a track record of being critical of charter schools, and it was no surprise that the report cast a negative light on the charter movement. The data, however, tell a different story altogether. As of about five years ago, when data for this report were collected, charter schools were…

By Nina Rees

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Transforming 1.4 Million Square Feet of Empty Space in Washington, D.C.

Every child in Washington, D.C., in every ward of the District, deserves access to a high-quality public education and the chance at a brighter tomorrow.…

By Jacque Patterson

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Posted Nov. 18, 2015

In Georgia There’s No Silver Bullet to Increased Graduation Rates

Last week the Georgia Department of Education released its 2015 graduation rates. The surprise? This year has marked a significant increase in the graduation rate—a…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

D.C. Poll Says Parents Want Better Schools Now, Both Charter and Traditional

A recent poll shows that parents in Washington, D.C., want charter schools to play an important role in the emerging success story taking place in…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 13, 2015

The Coal Miners’ Kids Need Options, Too

Just south of Charleston, tucked in the valleys of Appalachia, rests Welch, West Virginia, a once prosperous and thriving coal town often referred to as…

By Tiphani Davis

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Posted June 15, 2015

We Don’t Need Your Love, Just Some Federal Oversight Please

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none,” counseled Shakespeare, and that’s a high yet essential bar in the context of federal education law.…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 19, 2019

Black and Brown Students Can Learn, But You Have to Want to Teach Them

We complain about what’s wrong with the public education system all the time. Admittedly, I’m probably on the long list of tough critics.  Some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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