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Posted Jan. 11, 2019

If You Think Excellence Can’t Exist in All-Black Schools, You’re Tripping

As a child, youth, and adult, I have had the absolute pleasure of being surrounded by Mamas and Babas who upheld Black liberation in thought…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

Actually, Charter Schools Can Work Against Segregation

Reactions to public charter schools seem to exist on an either/or dichotomy characterized by extremes. They are either the only answer to our country’s educational…

By Sonia Park

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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

How the New York Times Got It Wrong on School Choice and Segregation

After a much needed break from all things education, I returned to find an op-ed in the New York Times from Antioch University writing professor…

By Peter Cunningham

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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 Aug. 1, 2016

A Little Ditty About Donald and Diane

Donald Trump thinks the Common Core State Standards are a disaster and so does education historian turned anti-education reform advocate Diane Ravitch. This puts Ravitch…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 29, 2016

We Can’t Keep Ignoring the Suburbs and the Black People That Live in Them

L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy first came to my attention at this spring’s Education Writers Association (EWA) national conference in Boston, where he served as a panelist talking…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted May 20, 2016

You Can Try and Deny It, But Our Schools Need to Do Better Preparing Our Kids for College and Career

When you can’t kill the message, then kill the messenger. That seems to be the tack taken by education bloggers Mark Weber and Alan Singer,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 17, 2016

Peter Cunningham Reflects on the 2016 Network for Public Education Conference

I arrived in North Carolina for the 2016 conference of The Network for Public Education and the first person I met is the organization’s founder…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 28, 2016

A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

I’m an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to one. I’m making this disclaimer…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 15, 2016

Some Friendly Advice for Eva Moskowitz and Success Academy

Last week, the New York Times ran an article about a 2014 cell phone video showing a white teacher at a Brooklyn charter school run…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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