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Posted June 27, 2019

When This Chicago School Was on the Verge of Closure, A Visionary Principal Built the Team That Turned It Around

Back in 2013, when Principal Aaron Rucker first came to Auburn Gresham’s Ryder Elementary, he said someone in the central office warned him: “You’re being…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

I’ll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New Yorker Magazine entitled “View of…

By Zachary Wright 

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