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April 14, 2015

Wise Bill Gives District Teachers Money to Help Start New Schools

Jim Bartholomew and Louise Sundin often do not agree on education issues. Bartholomew lobbies for the Minnesota Business Partnership, the state's largest corporations. Sundin is former president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and former American Federation of Teachers vice-president. Last week they agreed. They both supported a bill with bi-partisan support that Minnesota legislators are considering. The bill would provide startup funds, helping district public school teachers create "teacher led schools."

April 09, 2015

Civil Rights Hero: 'Charters Are an Important Part of the Answer'

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, explained "I'm deeply grateful" to people involved in the charter school movement. "Charters are an important part of the answer" to what American children, especially low income and children of color need. She also stressed the importance of effective district, as well as chartered public schools.

April 02, 2015

NCAA Challenge Was a "Big Tent" Triumph

You, folks mentioned above, our Center and hundreds of others came together in a four-year battle with the N.C.A.A. It was a wonderful example of people across political, ideological and philosophical lines successfully challenging something that made no sense.

February 24, 2015

Sharing Facilities Can Help Students and Schools

Two or more schools can share space in a building, or share space with other organizations. Or they can do both. Sharing space can be done badly. But skillful sharing has many benefits for students, families and educators.

February 17, 2015

What Assessment System Would Serve Students & Society?

"From my perspective, using a variety of measures, including some selected at the local school level by educators, families and students,is the best way to capture the broad array of things each school is trying to do."

February 11, 2015

3 District Problems Help Explain Charter Growth

I'd like to discuss three documents. The first document is a powerful description of Metro, a terrific innovative district high "school without walls" in Chicago that operated 1970-1991. The second is a 1988 speech by Al Shanker. The third is an article by civil rights legend Dr. Kenneth Clark.

February 10, 2015

Can We Bring the Charter School Movement Under One Umbrella?

I'd love to figure out a way we could join together to create a charter movement that brings us together under one umbrella to fight for better charter or pilot legislation that will preserve the best of 'public-ness' and the best of 'private-ness.'

February 05, 2015

A New, Better Deal for Teachers and Families

Many public school educators are frustrated. Fortunately, there's a growing movement to give teachers, along with families, a new, better deal. This empowers teachers to create, as options, new schools that reflect their views about how schools should be organized.

January 29, 2015

Moving Ahead on 3 Dreams

Nathan: Let's begin with Antonia, Jennifer, Khalique and your encouragement to dream.

January 22, 2015

New Ways to Expand Opportunities for Educators, Families, and Students

Nathan: Since 1985, Minnesota has allowed high school students to earn college credit with state funds following them, helping pay for all tuition, book and lab fees. Moreover, some of us are advocating providing start-up funds to help district faculty start new options within school districts.

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