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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 Payne

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

To the NAACP: Rescind the Moratorium and Work With Us to Improve Charter School Oversight

In response to public outcry over its call for a charter moratorium, the NAACP is on a listening tour across the country to learn more…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

Even Critics Have to Acknowledge When Charter Schools Are Working

I am typically a fierce critic of Professor Bruce Baker but recently I found myself in the delightful position of praising his scholarship. Not all…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We Got Our Hands on Unionized Charter School Teacher Contracts and Here’s What We Found

What stands out most about the debate around unionizing charter schools, however, is how shockingly little we know about what it even means. …

By Eric Lerum

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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 Aug. 9, 2016

Stop Blaming Black and Brown Kids and Learn From Schools That Get Discipline Right

After U.S. Education Secretary John King encouraged charters to rethink their discipline policies, many of the ensuing conversations have been problematic. As someone who has…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted June 17, 2016

Virtual Charter Schools Are Failing Students. Here’s Some Solutions.

It’s no secret: I think charter schools need to be watched like a hawk to make sure they’re giving kids the best possible opportunity to…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted June 9, 2016

Say What You Will, Online Charter School Graduation Rates Are Still Too Low

Mary Gifford, representing K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of full-time online education, takes exception to analysis that she considers too judgmental regarding the low…

By Alex Medler

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Posted June 8, 2016

Let’s Get Some Context and Real Reform Around Charter School Graduation Rates

This piece was written in response to posts by Nelson Smith, senior adviser at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and Alex Medler,…

By Mary Gifford

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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 Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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