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Posted Sep. 14, 2020

Schools Need Resources to Help Us Get Through This Tough Time

In 1967, Elvis Presley released “Run On,” his version of the old folk song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” Recorded years earlier by Civil Rights…

By April Callen, Lauren Jacobs

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020
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I Believe in School Choice, But Only When Those Choices Are Available to Everyone

Two weeks ago, the governor of my state directed $32 million dollars in funds from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund to create…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Think Education Is a Public Good? Think Again.

Education ought to be a public good. And it never has been. Most Americans want education to be a public good, an inherent right guaranteed…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 3, 2020

70 Years of Promises in Education. What Will It Take for Us to Keep Them?

The promise of public education is that it prepares young people for life—and the commitments we have made to meet this aspiration have dramatically increased…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 29, 2016

I Thought Private School Would Be an Escape From Racial Tracking in My Suburban District, But I Was Wrong

This is the fourth part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the growth of a particular flavor…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Aug. 2, 2016

Did My Black Life Matter?

I woke up, dead. It was tough to make out that it was me, but it was. My body was twisted and mangled. There was…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted May 17, 2016

I Believe in Chicago Public Schools, But They Deserve a Fair Shake

Libby Elementary stands less than a mile away from my home on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The shocking fact about Libby isn’t its high poverty or…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 23, 2015

You Don’t Have to Be a Teacher to Have an Opinion About Education

Education is a public good, funded by taxpayer money. But to some, weighing in on education policy is the exclusive purview of those with classroom…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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