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Jennifer Berkshire is a public education advocate and creator of the blog EduShyster. Follow her on Twitter @EduShyster.

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Karen Lewis on #BlackLivesMatter, Politics and Getting Back in the Mix

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:40 PM

In Karen Lewis' first full-length interview since illness forced her out of the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she talks about protests, politics and her little known career as as a stand-up comedian.

Berkshire: Chicago, like many cities, is seeing big protests over police brutality. I'm...

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Season of Protest

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Jesse Hagopian says protests against police and high-stakes testing have more in common than you might think...

Jennifer Berkshire: You happened to be in Boston recently giving a talk about the new uprising against high-stakes testing on the same night that thousands of people here were protesting police violence and...

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Bleak Friday

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Political economist Gordon Lafer offers some "Bleak Friday" predictions about the corporate agenda for public education...

Berkshire: Now I know Black Friday is usually thought of as a day for bargain hunters to mob Walmart stores and their minimum-wage-ish associates, but can I just point out that by swelling the...

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On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:39 PM

A new guide to charter messaging urges advocates to steer clear of corporate speak

Once every four minutes, a passionate charter advocate accidentally lapses into the kind of clinical corporate speak that can leave listeners cold -- not to mention kids out of the equation. Would that there were a...

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At National Charter Conference, the Numbers Add Up -- Except When They Don't

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:47 PM

"The numbers add up." That was the theme of this year's National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference in Las Vegas, an event that drew me like a moth to a high-performing flame. The numbers that are adding up, of course, refer to the growing number of charter schools, their...

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Everyone's a Winner! The Kids vs. Bad Teachers Lawsuit Hits the Road

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Well that certainly didn't take long. Just two weeks after California's kids celebrated their victory vs. bad teachers, the kids vs. tenure lawsuits are hitting the road. And that's great news, reader. Because just as the California case produced lots of winners that weren't exactly, ahem,...

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Welcome to New Orleans: America's Urban Education Laboratory

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Do you dream of being part of our nation's greatest experiment in urban education? I know I do -- which is why I was thrilled to be the recipient of a recent Google ad inviting me to Teach, Live and Love New Orleans. Welcome to NOLA, where you'll...

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The *Kids* Weren't the Only Big Winners in Vergara v. California Teacher Tenure Ruling

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Reader: barely had the verdict been announced in the landmark legal case Vergara vs. Lemons when the verdict was reached. The Vergara verdict represents a huge win for the kids. My own favorite verdict came swiftly from value investor Whitney Tilson who *stopped the presses* an...

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