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Allie Kimmel

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Encouraging Parents Who 'Won't Back Down': Promising Opportunities for Parent Voice in Improving School Success

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:49 PM

When exiting the theater after watching Won't Back Down, viewers are left with frustration, anger and perhaps a bit of hope. While Won't Back Down does a nice job eliciting these emotions, the solution, a parent "takeover" of the failing school, is largely unrealistic. But the desire of all parents...

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The Market for Teacher Voice

(34) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 3:32 PM

The teachers unions are under attack -- and not just from Scott Walker. In a recent white paper, Mitt Romney blamed the unions for gridlock and stagnation in American education. In the public discourse, films such as Waiting for Superman vilify union leaders and frame the...

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Race to the Top Round Three: Can We Avoid the Implementation Troubles of the First Two Rounds?

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:52 PM

In a few months, applications for the third round of Race to the Top will be due to the U.S. Department of Education. This round will reward districts that move past a "one-size-fits-all" model of schooling to provide personalized instruction to meet the needs of every child. Additionally,...

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