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May 16, 2014

Separate But Equal: Teacher Diversity 60 Years After Brown v. Board

The 60th anniversary of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education provides us with a chance to reevaluate what has happened in the time since. In 1954, the argument was that the student's access to resources was unfair and therefore unconstitutional. That underlying problem has not been solved today.

May 15, 2014

Science on a Cart

All students, regardless of race, socio-economic status, county, or side of town, deserve an education that will set them up for success in life. Funding equity in Connecticut is an integral part of making this vision a reality for all students. Then, science "on a cart" might just become an urban legend.

May 14, 2014

School Climate Data Is an Equity Issue

The School Climate Bill of Rights was an important first step in raising awareness around the critical role school environment plays in the pursuit of higher academic achievement. The next step is making sure we're using the data and other outcomes it created to actually help students.

May 13, 2014

Steps Toward Closing the Opportunity Gap

Our ability to close the teaching quality gap is one of the most important steps towards closing the opportunity gap for low-income students of color.

May 12, 2014

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board

In the history of the United States, there are a few landmark moments when institutional barriers that preordained entire groups of people to a life of struggle and inequality came crashing down, opening a path to opportunity. One of those moments was May 17, 1954, when, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that state laws establishing separate but "equal" schools based on race were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional. This decision began the process of healing one of the greatest scars laid upon our nation's history: the Supreme Court's 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision establishing legal apartheid.

May 09, 2014

Professionalizing Teaching: What Charters Teach Us, And What They Don't

This week, I've looked at what we can learn from the charter movement to scale up promising practices in urban school districts. Today, I'll conclude with the most important piece of the strategic school puzzle: the teacher.

May 07, 2014

Scaling Strategic School Designs: Freeing Resources, Encouraging Innovation

We know that when it comes to funds, it's not just about how much you have, but how well you use it. In this realm, charters have been given the opportunity to innovate: with their money, but also with explicit flexibility to organize people, time, and technology in new ways

May 05, 2014

Three Keys for Taking Charter School Success to Scale

This week I'd like to call out three areas not often discussed in even-handed ways in which we can better understand districts' constraints, and all work together to promote "scaled up" solutions: funding, strategic school design, and restructuring the teaching job. In this blog post, I'll tackle funding.

May 02, 2014

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Hawley Miles, E4E, Lewis & Anderson, and McEachin

Enjoy the next 4 weeks of guest stars on RHSU: Hawley Miles, E4E, Lewis & Anderson, and McEachin.

February 28, 2014

E-Rate Shouldn't Have To Go It Alone in Pursuit of 99% Connectivity

This week, I've looked at an important effort to increase our schools' capacity for digital learning: E-Rate reform. A modernized E-Rate won't be complete without the FCC providing for proper accountability and oversight. While we should hold the program accountable for the dollars it distributes, has the President set our expectations for a new E-Rate too high?

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