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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms extended and something bright, some…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Opting Out of a Third-Grade Test Is Bad But Passing Third-Graders Who Can’t Read Is Worse

If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on in the case of the opt-out moms versus the state of Florida, it’s that Michelle Rhea’s…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

The Supreme Court Does the Right Thing for Students With Disabilities But Now Here Comes the Hard Part

Here’s Chief Justice John Roberts, issuing the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion today in a case called Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. When all…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 7, 2017

We’re Not Done: Parents and Allies of Transgender Youth Vow to Protect Our Kids

Yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court felt like a physical blow. It hurt like one. But as parents do, we must rise up from heavy…

By Vanessa Ford, JR Ford

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017

Trump Isn’t Just Stopping at the Travel Ban. His Executive Order on Immigration Could Impact School Funding.

In the spring of 2007, I was sitting in my next-door neighbors’ house with their teenage daughter, talking about a school project. Suddenly, our eyes…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 13, 2016

Could the Teachers Unions Be Stronger After Friedrichs?

The Supreme Court appears likely to deny unions the right to compel the payment of monthly dues in the case of Friedrichs vs. the California…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 30, 2015

Note to U.S. Congress on ESEA Rewrite: Take a Tip From the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

After I read the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on Friday, I couldn’t stop thinking about the pending reauthorization of ESEA, newly christened the Every…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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