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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

In Chicago, Charter Schools Are Helping the ‘Underdog’ Kids Get to College

If you’re an underdog kind of kid in Chicago, and you want to go to college and graduate, your chances of success are better now…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Public Education Is Shortchanging Students and Families in Favor of Politics

When I look at school districts around the country, I see public education becoming more about politics and less about students and families. Increasingly, parents…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 5, 2017

Closing Bad Schools Can Actually Be Great for Kids When It’s Done Right

Closing bad schools is tough even when it’s the right thing to do. Now, misleading reports on a new study are going to make that…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Sometimes School Closures Really Are the Best Thing for Kids

As a parent, if you believed your child to be enrolled in a failing school, would you withdraw them? And if you did, how likely…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

Education Polling: Are Americans Complacent, or Just Confused?

Opt-Out. Testing. Charters. Common Core. Closings. Accountability. Standards. Teacher Tenure. Teacher Pay. School Spending. If you’re in the education bubble, like we are, you spend…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 22, 2016

Why I’m Not Disappointed Opt Out in Oregon Has Lost Its Steam

Last year, parents, educators and community advocates across Oregon joined forces in a campaign to fight standardized tests in schools and the evaluations that arise…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted June 16, 2016

Everything This NPR Podcast Got Wrong About School Closings

I’m a podcast junkie, and listen to them all the time—in the car, on the train, on a jog, walking my dog. And one of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 13, 2016

Parents Can’t Vote With Their Feet If They Don’t Know Their Options

Does keeping a child in a school that appears to be struggling mean that parents are happy with it? Should we consider resistance to school…

By Timothy Daly

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Posted Nov. 18, 2015

Black Students in Pennsylvania are Displaced and Assigned to Another Failing School

Jonathan Cetel, Executive Director of PennCan, has a piece up at The Seventy Four that exposes an ugly side of a pervasive  and ingrained culture of low expectations i. When no suburban districts were willing to open their doors to the displaced students of Wilkinsburg, PA, most of whom are African American,  almost no one batted an eye or protested their placement in yet another failing school. The author contends that this would never happen…

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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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 June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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