Patrick Kelly

Posted Apr. 2, 2020

This School Year Will Not Be Measured by a Test Score

As the calendar turns to April, I typically end up asking myself the same question every school year—“will they remember?” In my case, that question…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Mar. 24, 2020

COVID-19 Shows Why We Need Public Schools Now More Than Ever

“Mr. Kelly, what happens next?” As a teacher, I have heard some version of that question countless times in different circumstances over the years. However,…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 20, 2019

Not Everything Of Value in Education Can Be Captured By a Number

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: In trying to capture the story of a decade in education, the temptation is to focus entirely on what can be quantified, from test scores to funding. In looking at these numbers, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on what has gone wrong in schools.…

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Posted Oct. 16, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Education Turns 40, the Real Battleground for Kids Lies in the States

This week marks the 40th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter signing the legislation that authorized him to create the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Mar. 28, 2019

Betsy DeVos Wants Larger Class Sizes and Fewer Teachers

In our society, there are so many hot takes offered each day that it’s almost impossible for any single statement to cut through the clutter.…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

If You’re a Politician and Don’t Have Education at the Forefront, Then You’re Part of the Problem

I recently had the opportunity to join with a few educators in a meeting with a prominent political official in my state to discuss teacher…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted June 13, 2018

The One Thing Every Teacher Should Do This Summer Is Vote

As the school year winds down, I have been watching with interest a debate on social media among educators about the best answer to the…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

If You Can Find a Budget for Arming Teachers, Then You Can Find Money for Teacher Training

This is not an article about how to stop gun violence in schools. Like most of America, my perspective has been forever changed by the…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Finding the Right School for Your Kid Shouldn’t Be a Privilege

This is National School Choice Week, coming at a time when the concept of choice has become one of the most polarizing in our educational…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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