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Posted Oct. 26, 2020

Vote Local Day 5: Care About Schools? Vote Local. (ft. Alina Adams)

Yes, there is a big national election happening. But if you really want to improve policy in education, we need to #VoteLocal.  New York School…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 15, 2020

NYC Schools, Now’s the Time to Show Your Support for Immigrant Students and Families

This school year was challenging for all of us, including our immigrant students and families. As New York City became the national epicenter of COVID-19…

By Vanessa Luna, Marleny De la Cruz

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Posted Feb. 12, 2020

Half of NYC Public School Students Will Fail Their AP Exams, So Why Are We Spending Millions to Expand Access?

AP (advanced placement) classes are designed for students to fail.  In 2018, just over 50% of New York City public school students who took one…

By Gregory Wickham

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Posted Sep. 27, 2019

New York Talks a Big Game on Gifted and Talented Educational Opportunities, But Illinois Is Doing Equity Better

Attacks against private school options are frequent and fervent, but what happens when public school opportunities become the point of confliction? You may have seen…

By Nathan Hoffman

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Posted Sep. 9, 2019

The Biggest Threat to Public Education Is Still Its Insidious ‘Belief Gap’

For a long time school reform seemed to be winning the public argument about the failure of schools to prepare students academically. During that run,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

No, But Seriously, How Are the Children?

Last week I made what I thought was a simple request: for all of us to prioritize the question “how are the children?” as if…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 24, 2019

My Kid Had Tons of Background Knowledge, But He Couldn’t Read Without Learning Phonics

When our son was born, my husband and I knew a lot about how to prepare him to be a reader. We knew how to…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted June 7, 2019

Dear White People: When it Comes to Educational Equity, You’ll Have to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Is the public school system rooted in White supremacy culture? Damn right it is. And This brings me to question why teachers in New York…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted May 13, 2019

It Cost Nearly $250K to Teach My Son to Read. Here’s How to Do Better for Less.

My formerly illiterate fourth-grade son is now an eighth-grader at The Windward School for Children with Dyslexia, where he learned to read. Next year, he…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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