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Posted May 31, 2019

Public Education in This Country Is Literally a Matter of Life and Death. Here’s How It’s Playing Out.

Last week, a group of Californians got what Dolly Hunt called their “Martin Luther King moment.” Here’s what happened. The California Senate was set to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted June 12, 2017

Fix the Formula, Illinois. It’s Time.

Yesterday afternoon, my second-grader got her copy of the school yearbook. She flipped back to the kindergarten class photos. “Miss Maya’s class used to have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 6, 2017

In Just 72 Hours This Summit Dedicated to Empowering Teachers Sold Out

The year was 2015. I was teaching English to high school juniors in Albuquerque, the largest district in New Mexico. I loved my job and…

By Alicia Duran

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Posted May 30, 2017

This Teachers Union Might Have More in Common With President Trump Than They Think

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) recently rejected the opportunity to offer congratulations to the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. Why? For the sole…

By Martha M. Walz

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

This Isn’t Your Typical Photo-Op Bring Your Legislator to School Day

School looks a lot different than what it did in 1999 and 1979 can’t even compare. With endless information literally at our fingertips, some have…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted July 5, 2016

Here’s How ESSA Is Giving Students a Voice in Their Education

Administrators are quick to tell us how good their schools are but if we really want to know about their quality, we should ask the…

By A.J. Spitz

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Posted June 24, 2016

Illinois Charter Community Has Best Legislative Session Since 2011, But We Need a Budget Now

As the Illinois legislative session ended on May 31, so did my second year as a lobbyist in Springfield. It has taken me a few…

By Ariel Johnson

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Posted June 20, 2016

How Mayor de Blasio Can Regain New York City’s Trust

Early Saturday morning the New York State Legislature passed a bill that falls far short of the mayor’s political and educational objectives. First, legislators shrunk…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 3, 2016

Why You Should Care About a Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been the cradle of innovation and success for American public schools. The country’s first public schools were in the…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted May 26, 2020

I’m a Black Woman on My Way to Becoming a Doctor Because I Never Gave Up

I grew up believing that excellence is not an option, but rather an obligation.  I breezed through high school. I didn’t have to study hard…

By Oluwaseun Adebagbo

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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