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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

It’s Gonna Take A Miracle To Keep My Kid in Chicago Public Schools All Year

It’s August, yet it’s chilly enough in Chicago to roast marshmallows. That’s what some friends from our daughter’s preschool invited us to do over the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 9, 2017

Arts Education Isn’t Taking a Backseat in Chicago Public Schools

In the midst of a financial crisis, Chicago’s public schools have continued to strengthen their commitment to arts education. So says a new report from the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

I’m a Teacher of the Year and I Got Laid Off Because of Budget Cuts

I got my letter last week. My principal met me at my door. I knew it was coming. Still, it hurt. The formality of “terminate…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

Hey Principals, When You Lose Good Teachers, That’s on You

Principals, if you lose good teachers from your school at the end of this year, then you are screwing up. Principals, if people are leaving a…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

This Can Be the Biggest Change We See With More Unionized Charters: Getting Everyone Focused on Quality and Equity

Charters and unions are often seen as diametrically opposed. This isn’t really an accurate history.…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

Here’s the Deal: We Can’t Help Teachers Improve If We Don’t Know What Needs Improving

In an unexpected defense of the Obama administration’s pursuit of a clearer teacher-by-teacher picture of who’s doing a good job educating the nation’s students and…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

Los Angeles Is Losing Good Teachers Because of This Policy

Teachers unions often argue that the “last in, first out (LIFO)” policy is the only fair way to lay off teachers. Reformers say that LIFO…

By Benjamin Feinberg

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Posted May 9, 2016

Why Evaluating Teachers Is Really Hard to Do

I recently had dinner with two teachers who told me that in their combined 38 years of teaching they have had exactly three meaningful feedback…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 19, 2016

We Need More Democrats to Take a Stance on Teacher Quality and Stand Up for Students

With the focus on last week’s reversal of Vergara v. California, it’s easy to miss the profoundly important changes happening largely below the radar. While…

By Mike Stryer

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Posted Mar. 2, 2016

Are Black and Latino Students Stuck With Low-Performing Teachers? Vergara Might Give Us an Answer

I used to teach in a Los Angeles Unified school, so the Vergara court case about teacher tenure is not just an abstract legal decision…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 19, 2021

Q&A With Dr. Chad Gestson: Phoenix’s Covid Numbers Transformed Our District For the Better

Dr. Chad Gestson leads the Phoenix Union High School District, which educates 29,000 students in 22 schools from 32 different ZIP codes in Arizona’s capital…

By Laura Waters

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