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Charter Schools as Incubators or Charter Schools Inc.?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.15.2016 | Education
Randi Weingarten

These failings hurt the charter school operators who are trying to operate aboveboard with students' best interests in mind. And rampant charter expansion undermines traditional public schools. A proposal to "charterize" half of the public schools in Los Angeles would not just disrupt the public school system, it would destroy it.

What If Kendrick Lamar Taught in Black Classrooms?

Charles Cole III | Posted 09.21.2016 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

"What would kids learn with the curriculum pulled straight from his music collection?"

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VIII: Charter Schools: Old Pepsi a.k.a. the New Coke

Larry Paros | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Through its unholy partnership with high stakes testing, the charter school movement has diverted our attention from the real issues confronting us and discouraged genuine innovation and reform. To paraphrase Einstein, "Charter schools are to experimentation as military music is to music."

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.

Quality Public Education + Dialogue = Democracy

Preston Smith | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Preston Smith

It doesn't matter if you're a part of a traditional district school or a public charter school. As long as we get the job done for kids and are free and available to all students, we can create the democratic safeguard President Roosevelt talked about.

Joy Resmovits

60 Years After Brown v. BOE, Mostly White Reformers Try To Fix 'The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2014 | Black Voices

Sixty years ago, the plight of Linda Brown, a third-grader who had to travel a mile by bus to her segregated black school even though there was a neig...

Who Is Really Running Higher Education

| Jon Marcus | Posted 10.01.2013 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. When the people with some of the greatest clout over the future of America’s universitie...

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education. In an indirect way, K-12 libraries have given students support in learni...

Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

For the past nine years, I've spent 10 months of every year at my second home: Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some days were exhilarating. Some were exhausting. All of them were meaningful.

IN Texas, An Easy Way To Track Ed Reform Bills | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

At the start of the 83rd legislative session, education reform measures, including bills that strengthen the state's charter school system, increase t...

Are Schools Dumbing Down the Common Core Standards?

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

The arguments against the Common Core State Standards grow ever more fierce -- as if kids' lives were already being wrecked, that useful experimentation were already being suppressed, and that schools were being forced to descend from their current level of excellence.

Education Can Learn From Games

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

What can we learn from games to improve our classrooms? Games are carefully and intentionally designed environments that create flow: the balance between challenge and progress. Great games are challenging, but not too difficult, and thus not boring.

Get Out the Blender, Kids

John Merrow | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
John Merrow

'Virtual classes' qualify as blended learning, because most of those kids are enrolled in traditional high schools. That's a growth industry: Just a few years ago only eight states allowed virtual courses or schools; today, nearly 40 states allow it.

'Discussion' About Ed Reform is Just like a Political Ad... Maybe Worse

Brian Crosby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Crosby

The current blitz about ed reform just might give political ads some competition when it comes to shallowness.

He Showed the World Through Teachers' Eyes: Thank You, Frank McCourt

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Occasionally, a teacher can cross over from the all-consuming teaching sphere to tell the tale to the masses. No one in recent memory did this more successfully than Frank McCourt.