School communities need a balance of "formal" democracy and civic agency.
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April 14, 2015
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."
March 08, 2015
We agree that if you want a distinctive school to last, you need to develop other professional staff who can lead.
February 10, 2015
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
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
Nathan: Let's begin with Antonia, Jennifer, Khalique and your encouragement to dream.
January 15, 2015
Nathan: School choice is a powerful tool that needs to be used carefully. I think you and I agree on this.
January 08, 2015
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
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.
December 18, 2014
Casey: 'At a time that teachers' unions face existential threats, how do we defend the democratic voice that they provide teachers?'