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What They Didn't Want Black and Brown Parents to Know About The Public Education System...

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Just because someone "cares" about your struggle doesnt' mean that they're best positioned to do anything about it.

Memo to Clinton and Sanders: Competition is Not a Healthy Choice for School Improvement

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.15.2017 | Education
Arthur Camins

Competition among schools for students and among parents for entry into schools will not lead to systemic improvement or equity in education. It hasn't happened anywhere, nor is there evidence that it can.

The Republican Party's Opportunity to Engage Black Voters

Brian Hawkins | Posted 03.10.2017 | Black Voices
Brian Hawkins

The black experience in America is stricken with the government's failure and inability to redress social and economic issues that disproportionately affect blacks. This is the message that Republicans need to take to mobilize black voters and show that the principles of free markets and limited government works for all Americans.

School Choice: Identifying and Choosing Between Different School Cultures

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 02.04.2017 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

For those who lament the notion that schools are a "business," I'm sorry they are. Even if we did nothing but chose our neighborhood grade school, they are in the "business" of attracting us to their "product" and to highlight that their product is the best in the entire market.

More Options, More Opportunity

Shavar Jeffries | Posted 01.26.2017 | Education
Shavar Jeffries

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would...

A Strong Voice from the Classroom

Jack Jennings | Posted 01.22.2017 | Education
Jack Jennings

John Thompson is a truth-teller. A Teacher's Tale, his new book, honestly addresses the toughest issue in American education--how to improve urban schools impacted by concentrations of poor children.

Our Way Of Assessing Schools Is Upside Down

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.20.2017 | Education
Steve Nelson

We assume that low achievement indicates a poor school when, in fact, it is merely proof of a neglected community. We persistently fail to address the economic and social injustices that created the community and then we blame schools and teachers for the mayhem we have enabled.

It's January -- Time to Choose a New School

Ayele Shakur | Posted 01.14.2017 | Education
Ayele Shakur

One of the most important decisions a parent will ever make is selecting a great school which is the right fit for your child. If you don't choose a school for your child, the school district will choose one for you. Bad idea.

Magnetic Attraction: Realizing Student Potential Through Specialized Curricula

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.22.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Quietly working to close the achievement gap in America, magnet schools offer competitive education without regard to real estate. Magnet schools originated in the 1970s in hope of promoting voluntary desegregation.

Don't Let the School Choose You: Charter Schools

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.09.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Many Charter schools serve underprivileged students and minorities, and students with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Research shows students who receive proper direction and feel connected to their community are more likely to graduate.

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...

Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2016 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

From School Choice Advocate to Charter School Mom

Kate Casas | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Kate Casas

I focus on charter schools because I have seen from experience that they can build these systems. I know that our laws in Missouri are flexible enough for them to design models that work for their target students.

Your Child, Your Choice: Finding the Right School for Your Child

Smart Parents | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Smart Parents

As parents, you have more school choices available now than at any time in recent history. There are traditional public schools, usually part of a larger district that range from very large urban districts, to smaller and more affluent suburban districts to rural districts with only one, two or three schools.

Every Parent Deserves School Choice

TNTP | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education

For some, the phrase "school choice" heralds the breakdown of our traditional notion of neighborhood public schools. But the truth is we already have a nationwide program of school choice -- just one that only privileged families truly have access to.

Democrats: There Are Better Choices Than School Choice to Improve Education

Arthur Camins | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Over the next year we can expect to hear a lot from Republican presidential candidates about school choice- the word of choice to marshal political support to expand the number charter schools and vouchers for private schools.

I Believe in Freedom of Choice

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice, and they do; but the public should not be expected to pay for their private choices.

Graduating Self-Directed Learners Ready to Thrive in College

Smart Parents | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Smart Parents

We are in one of our favorite seasons at Summit Public Schools as college acceptances roll in for our students, and we have the opportunity as a community to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.

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."

New Orleans: Miracle or Mirage

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

This summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But it also marks the start of an ambitious effort to break up New Orleans' long-beleaguered public school system and replace it with a market-based system in which charter schools compete for customers, in this case students and parents, and for top test scores.

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Alana Baum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.

The Best School Choice: The More Parents Know, the Better

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Curtis Valentine

My role as an unapologetic advocate for public education in the most affluent predominately African-American county in America often turns a trip to the park into a lesson on why large public education systems struggle, and why successful parents may be asking the wrong questions before making choices for their children.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

The Illusion of Choice

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

At the moment 68,000 or so NYC 8th graders are anxiously waiting to find out where they'll be offered seats for high school.

How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.