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Posted May 11, 2021

Will We Finally Tap The Learning Expertise That Is Present in Oft-Overlooked Communities?

Talk of an education “recovery” to address student “learning loss” is here, often with a focus on expanded summer learning programs, high-dose tutoring and expanded…

By Naomi N. Shelton, Karega Rausch

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Posted Jan. 29, 2021

I Chose a Cyber Charter School for My Daughter and Our Relationship’s Never Been Better

Five years ago, school was just not working for my oldest daughter, Kelly, who has ADHD and anxiety and was struggling as a student. We…

By Stephanie Skolnik

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Posted Jan. 28, 2021

Families Need Student-Centered Learning Environments That Work

Ask just about any parent, and they have stories about the rude awakening they received last year when schools shut down due to the coronavirus…

By Jonathan Kano

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Posted Jan. 28, 2021

When There Is Choice, All Students Win

For nearly two decades, I have enjoyed teaching micro and macroeconomics and coaching the economics team at a public high school. I feel immensely gratified…

By Vann Prime

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

Families Have School Options, We Just Don’t Spell Them Out in Plain English

Over my 15 years of working in education, I have grown to appreciate that parents are far more savvy, knowledgeable, and resourceful than policy wonks…

By Andrew Campanella

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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

I Don’t Want to Hear Another Argument About How Charter Schools Are Killing Public Schools

Dear America,  Please don’t bother my community with anti-charter school arguments in 2020. That’s unless you’re willing to get involved with majority-Black attended public schools…

By Nehemiah Frank

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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

Homeschooling Isn’t the Right Choice for Every Child, But My Mom Knew It Was Right for Me

Back around 350 BC, Aristotle described education as “an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” Clearly, education has been valued and prioritized for…

By Thessa Bennett

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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

It’s Time to Dispel Charter School Myths and Celebrate All Good Schools

As public charter school teachers, we’ve heard a surprising number of myths and misunderstandings about charter schools. North Carolina offers an array of educational choices—including…

By Courtney Samuelson, Deborah Brown

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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

My Family Didn’t Think We’d Choose a Charter School But It Turned Out to Be an Amazing Experience

I never thought I would attend a charter school until my mother decided to enroll me into YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. At the…

By Juan M. Venegas III

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture and impressive academics. Your daughter—let’s…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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