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Posted July 20, 2020

What If Your Entire School System Was the Racist Monument That Should Come Down?

The angry protestors are coming for public statues of historic Americans as diverse as Confederate traitors like Robert E. Lee and slave-owning American founders like George Washington.…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond the simple rankings of test…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

We Do Have a Problem With Teacher Supply and Demand But It Has Nothing to Do With a Teacher Shortage

Here’s something I’ve been struggling to understand of late. What makes the prospect of a teacher shortage such an immediately compelling narrative, capable of spreading with…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

The Key to Charter School Success Is Collaboration With District Schools

The dominant theme of Richard Whitmire’s book The Founders is that the top quintile of public charter school operators are remarkably open to collaboration with…

By Laura Waters

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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 July 21, 2016

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

Richard Whitmire in The 74 considers “a relatively simple question that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot in November: Should the state lift the cap…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 28, 2016

Student Praise for a Chicago High School Where Everybody Knows Your Name

When you go to school, you should never feel like just another seat in the class. Everyone in the school should know you by name—not just the teachers, but the engineer and the lunch ladies, too. Having school choice helped me find a place where that could happen. When my older sister was looking for a middle school, my mom found Perspectives Charter Schools at a school fair. After a visit to their Rodney D. Joslin campus, located just south…

By Gabby Dixon

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Posted Jan. 25, 2016

EdBuild: Our Focus is Funding

Matt Barnum at The Seventy Four highlights the arrival of a new organization to the Education scene focused entirely on school funding, more specifically, state funding. EdBuild doesn't find itself on either "side" of the education war; it simply wants smarter and better funding for schools. EdBuild’s mission is seemingly simple: “to bring more common sense and fairness to the way we fund schools.” Sibilia says that objective has already…

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Dmitri Mehlhorn: Can America’s Courts Deliver Better Schools for Disadvantaged Students?

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, has written a piece at The 74 about what a victory for the Friedrichs plaintiffs could mean for Education in 2016 and he asks the question, "can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students?" Despite their limited impact, enlightened rulings over the past century have laid useful foundations. The question is whether the current Supreme Court will build upon such…

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Posted June 11, 2021

Pharrell Williams’ New School Offers a ‘Room Without a Roof’ to Low-Income Students

When you visit the Team Yellow website, a powerful statement appears:  We will even the odds through education.  The site, the movement, and the concept…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted June 10, 2021

Teachers, Your LGBTQ+ Students Need You to Do More Than Wear a Rainbow T-Shirt or Wave a Flag on Pride Weekend

It’s June, which means Pride Month is here! In a year where many elected officials and school districts are more determined than ever to center…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 11, 2021

Award-Winning Educators Call on States to Halt Bans on Critical Race Theory

As award-winning elementary and secondary school educators, we seek to ensure that our students receive an excellent education, to advance our students’ skills, knowledge, and…

By ERCA Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity

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