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Changing the National Narrative About Public Schools ... Next Steps

By Cheryl Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance (LFA)  Over the past year, member organizations in the Learning First Alliance (LFA) have shared their perspectives and expertise on the work their members and stakeholders have led in support of public education throughout their careers.  If you've had the opportunity to read some or all of these postings, you'll know that public education professionals are tireless in their work to meet the needs of their students and that no silver bullet exists to "fix" what doesn't work in public schools.  With this, the final Transforming Learning post, we reiterate what...


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Words Count: Let's Change How We Talk About Public Schools

LFA Executive Director Cheryl Williams calls for a change in the conversation around public education in this nation.


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