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Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 5: Time to Keep the American Promise

Frank Islam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

We believe the country and its citizens are better than that and the appropriate solution is to do all we can to help these poor kids in crisis by embracing DOE's regulation. In our opinion, that should only be the starting point, however.

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 3: The Grit-Builders - Communities, Schools and Families

Frank Islam | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

This is the third in a series of five blogs that we will post on grit and what it means for poor kids.

Families With Kids Are The Reason Neighborhood Segregation Is Getting Worse

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

Neighborhoods have become increasingly segregated by income, and it's because of children. Families with children have driven neighborhood segregation...

Poor Kids In Chicago Have More Options For Where To Go To School, But That's Not Necessarily Good

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Long gone are the days when poor children in Chicago got trapped in failing neighborhood schools. Nowadays, families from low-income neighborhoods are...

Hungry for Equitable and Quality Schools

Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Posted 09.01.2016 | Education
Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Known as the "Dyett 12," hunger strikers are sacrificing meals and endangering their bodies to call attention to the neglect and disinvestment of neighborhood schools with a particular focus on Walter H. Dyett High School.

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.

Three Reasons San Francisco Public Schools May Not Be for You

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.24.2011 | San Francisco
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I hold no ill will towards those who have made the choice NOT to participate directly in the public school system, but my wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the city and are committed to public education.

We Need Prop H, And a Mayor Who Supports It

Michela Alioto-Pier | Posted 12.20.2011 | San Francisco
Michela Alioto-Pier

Passing Prop H means schools will be better connected to their communities, children will spend less time in transit, and more families will be able to stay in San Francisco when their children reach school age.

Fighting Resegregation: Elizabeth Redenbaugh Receives Award For Opposing Neighborhood Schools

Yuna Shin | Posted 08.03.2011 | Education
Yuna Shin

"Neighborhood school" proponents have begun to dominate school board agendas across the state, and the state is now poised to create high poverty schools in high poverty areas.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Charter Schools

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Although charter schools are unencumbered by the district rules and red-tape that often restricts their public counterparts, the sad truth is that at least some charters squander their advantage.

Rahm's Lie About Charters -- And Why It Matters

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Not only are no charters among Chicago's top-ranked high schools; not one charter is among the twelve Chicago high schools with 50 percent or more of students meeting standards.