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Posted June 22, 2015

There’s No Mandate for Common Core Standards

A.B. Stoddard, Republican commentator and columnist for The Hill, is certainly entitled to her opinion. That doesn’t give her license to perpetuate the oft-repeated myth of a federal “mandate” for the Common Core State Standards. If he prevails, the Senate and then the House could reauthorize NCLB, producing not only a huge legislative victory, and reforming the nation’s ailing elementary and secondary education system but killing…

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

Chicago-Style Grit Needed to Get Through School

A recent Education Week article suggested that the sudden enthusiasm among some education reformers for “grit and perseverance” is a racist idea. If that’s really…

By Michael Lomax

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Posted Feb. 2, 2015

‘New Diane’ Fans Should Spend Some Time With ‘Old Diane’

Consider these words, and then guess who might have written them: Every school should have a performance contract that clearly defines its goals for student…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

Tennessee Teacher of the Year: ‘I Am Ill at the Thought’ of Core Repeal

The current Tennessee teacher of the year has seen the Common Core State Standards dramatically change her classroom and deepen her impact as a teacher.…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 29, 2014

Barbic’s Belief in Better Schools for Nashville Communities

Chris Barbic runs the Achievement School District (ASD) in Tennessee. It was created to bring improvements to the chronically lowest-performing schools in the state, primarily…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

An Albany Teacher Praises John King

As New York State Education Commissioner John King prepares to head to Washington, D.C., to become a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education,…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 10, 2014

Common Core Math Is the ‘Right Thing to Do for Children’

Two veteran math educators both say it’s time to cast aside our societal math phobia—and embrace the Common Core as the most promising way to…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Nov. 21, 2014

Accountability Protects the Littlest Guy of All, the Student

This op-ed originally appeared as Is School Reform Progressive? on The Hechinger Report in response to a commentary by Andre Perry. At its core, to be…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 26, 2022

Missouri Just Gave Me Back My Power to Choose the Best School for My Children

As a single mother of four—three of them in school, and one in college—I’ve had to face my share of struggles. But some of the…

By Latasha Buchanan

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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