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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.

January 13, 2015

My Love-Hate Relationship With Choice

Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.

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?

December 02, 2014

Most Schools Don't Model Democracy

Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.

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 22, 2014

We Need a Strong Alliance for Schools

Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.

April 24, 2014

Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs

Meier: I also recognized that the new "reformers" used this to argue that their approach could be implemented, top-down, which would make it easier to replicate.

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