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January 08, 2015

Five Myths of the Charter Public School Movement

Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?

January 06, 2015

When Charters Are More Like Chain Stores Than Small Schools

Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.

November 13, 2014

The 2014 Elections, Public Education, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.

November 11, 2014

Schools Should Teach Students to Lead, Not Follow

Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.

November 04, 2014

Wanted: A Campaign to Preserve 'Public' Schools

Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.

June 05, 2014

What's Good for Rich Kids Is Good for Poor Ones, Too

Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.

June 03, 2014

Reform for Other People's Children

Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.

May 29, 2014

'Urban' Schools and Other Euphemisms

Meier: It's amazing the lengths to which we will go to avoid the questions that surround poverty and segregation, and how useful instead it has been to focus our animosity on schools.

May 20, 2014

Thoughts From a Sit-In

Klonsky: The struggle in the cities, while certainly connected to testing and curriculum (common core), has been focused on equity.

May 13, 2014

Drawing a Line on Common Core

Klonsky: While you and I share a healthy suspicion of government programs and share a strong opposition to NCLB and Race To The Top, I'm not against government.

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