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Posted June 4, 2019

We Are D.C. Education Leaders of Color and Advocates for a High-Quality Public Education for Every Student in Every Neighborhood

As noted in a May 26 Washington Post article, Paul Kihn, Washington, D.C.’s deputy mayor for education (DME), wrote a memo to the D.C. Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) ahead of its May 20th vote on new charter applications. The DME’s memo, formally known as the School System Capacity Assessment, expressed concerns about adding new charter campuses, saying they “are competing for a relatively limited number of high school aged…

By D.C. Education Leaders of Color

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

For This D.C. Teacher, There’s Still Hope But Again It’s Deferred

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”—Proverbs 13:12 These days when you hear about D.C. Public Schools…

By Beth Dewhurst

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017

Principals From Charter and District Schools Come Together to Better Serve Students

A recent article in U.S. News and World Report highlighted the importance of charter-district collaboration and encouraged the incoming Trump administration to make it a…

By Christalyn Solomon

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

I Go to a Catholic High School and It’s Changed My Life

After spending my elementary and middle school years in public schools, I stumbled upon a private school called Don Bosco Cristo Rey in Washington, D.C.,…

By Neyda Mendez

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget how many of us support…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Oct. 3, 2016

How Meaningful Teacher Evaluation Systems Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

Teacher evaluation reform, improving schools’ measurement of who is doing a good job in classrooms and who isn’t, has been nothing if not controversial in…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Coffee Break: Math Teacher Noelani Davis on D.C. Public Schools, Better Professional Development and the Virtues of Stealing

One of the few things that everyone in the education debate generally agrees on is that we need to give teachers better and more tailored…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 15, 2016

VIDEO: The Danger of a Single Story and How Common Core Can Help

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s seminal TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, she argues against using one anecdote to come to any general conclusion…

By Josh Parker

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Posted June 1, 2016

Coffee Break: Third Way’s Lanae Hatalsky on Staying Chill, the Teacher Wars and Her Choice for Hillary’s Running Mate

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky is vice president for the social policy and politics program at Third Way, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Lanae’s job is…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

I’ll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New Yorker Magazine entitled “View of…

By Zachary Wright 

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