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Posted Nov. 27, 2018

I Traveled Across 14 States and Every Student Told Me the Same Story About Why They’re Not Motivated in the Classroom

Recently I was in Dodge City, Kansas, at Red Beard Coffee on Gunsmoke Street. I walk up to a guy with a red beard—the owner—and…

By Chris Holmes

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Posted July 31, 2018

How to Save Charter Schools From the Beatdown

There seems to be an organized assault on charter schools. Legal challenges, bureaucratic barriers and smear campaigns all work to destroy their reputation, deplete their…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

How I Learned to Help My Students Talk About Hard Things

Up until a few years ago, I had struggled to find my voice as a teacher. I had internalized a set of classroom management principles…

By Jacob Carlson

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Posted Jan. 30, 2018

Our School Is Intentionally Diverse Because We Know Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Recently, a parent at one of our Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) campuses in Los Angeles shared this story with me: My husband…

By Kriste Dragon

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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 Dec. 23, 2016

My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

My Teachers Didn’t Believe I Could Read, But My Mom Found a School That Did

At 3-years-old I began school and could read fluently. Despite my mother telling my teachers that I could read since I was 2, they refused…

By TateAnna Gravely-Moss

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Posted Sep. 1, 2015

The Odd Couples of Education: Teachers Unions and the GOP

We were recently treated to the most in-depth conversations yet on the campaign trail regarding education policy, courtesy of a Republican candidate forum co-sponsored by The…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Aug. 11, 2015

3 Key Moments in the Hartford Integration Episode of ‘This American Life’

There’s lots to admire about the latest This American Life episode focused on stealthy school integration efforts in Hartford, Connecticut. But I must admit I found…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted Aug. 10, 2015

To Ferguson, With Love

One of the first things my professor, Sister Mary Woods, taught me in Biology 101 was the first law of nature: self-preservation. Pain and fear,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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Posted Oct. 9, 2019

Fellow Black Parents, It’s Time to Break the Silence About Our Kids With Disabilities

My mom and society have taught me that it is rude to offer advice when no one asks for it. But Black folks aren’t talking about…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 11, 2019

Time for Democrats to Recognize the Progressive Roots of Charter Schools

Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Bernie Sanders calls for a…

By Emily Langhorne, David Osborne

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