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May 27, 2015

Are School Safety Measures Making Our Schools Less Safe?

Everybody wants children to be safe at school. Did you know there's an industry popping up to make sure you don't spend too much time thinking about the unexpected consequences of that?

May 21, 2015

The School Board Was Not for Sale After All, But the Fight Continues

The good news is that the local super-PAC candidates all lost their bids for seats on the school board; the bad news is that we pretty much sent the same board we already had back to work. There is plenty more work to do.

May 14, 2015

School Board for Sale

A local developer appears to want to buy five votes on our nine-member school board. What might the cost be for the rest of us?

May 13, 2015

Reimagining Dialogue About the Teaching Profession

Reimagining the teaching profession is worthwhile, especially with teachers in the dialogue and leading the work - but must we also need to reimagine a wide range of social policies that are essential to improving children's lives.

May 06, 2015

Baltimore Unrest Is a Call to Action for Teachers

Teachers have a responsibility to advocate for their students and create schools and communities that counter systemic injustice.

May 05, 2015

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.

April 30, 2015

The Network for Public Education. Repeat: Public.

When I say "movement" to save public education, what I mean is this: People, like me, who have no particular resources or organizational funding/backing, who got on a plane to be in a room with those like-minded compadres--because they're terrified that America might lose public education. People who think it's not too late. People willing to stake their professional energy on doing right by all kids, keeping democratic equality as critical and central goal of the education system.

April 30, 2015

Can School Reform Save Baltimore?

School reformers, especially the ones pushing "no excuses" approaches to school change, have made at least an implicit promise that their approach to fixing schools will work. Baltimore seems to be telling us something else.

April 29, 2015

School Segregation Continues to Hurt Districts, But New Solutions Exist

School segregation is alive and well. Next Generation Schools offer a way to address this long-standing social problem.

April 23, 2015

Why Aren't More School Leaders and Teachers Joining Forces to Get Rid of Destructive Policy?

If your district has a genuine professional collaboration model--different work, but same level of respect and influence for teachers and school leaders--that's admirable. So--are you working together to advocate for change? Or merely going through the motions of Schooling 2015? Why aren't teachers, parents and school leaders everywhere joining forces to put a stop to the worst of it--the selling off of public resources to for-profit CMOs, teacher evaluation by test data, and loss of local control over core work: curriculum, instruction, assessment?

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