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?
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January 08, 2015
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?'
December 16, 2014
Meier: Do most teachers view their unions much as they view other organizations--some better, some worse, but not "ours."
December 11, 2014
Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism?
December 09, 2014
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
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 20, 2014
Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.
November 18, 2014
Meier: Does a climate of fear help create excuses for more and more emergencies that can't be turned over to "the people"?
November 13, 2014
Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.