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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.

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.

January 29, 2015

Moving Ahead on 3 Dreams

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

January 15, 2015

Wise & Woeful School Choice Plans

Nathan: School choice is a powerful tool that needs to be used carefully. I think you and I agree on this.

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 18, 2014

Democracy, Schools, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'

December 09, 2014

Can Schools Act as a Force Against Racism?

Meier: What are the lessons in equality that young people absorb through the structuring of schools, and how do they match the "civics" lessons they may be receiving formally?

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.

November 18, 2014

Confronting School Reforms That Work Against Democracy

Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?

October 23, 2014

Civic Literacy and the Power of 'Close Reading'

Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?

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