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April 03, 2014

Sam Chaltain: Q & A on School, Community and Choice

I wanted to tell a deeply personal story about teachers, students, and our ongoing efforts to craft more equitable communities in order to clarify the state of public schooling as it is -- and begin hinting at what it ought to be.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 06, 2014

Civil Rights Hero James Meredith Issues the American Child's Education Bill of Rights

This year, Meredith has offered a fresh call to conscience, through his Educational Bill of Rights for America's Children. But this icon of the civil rights movement is charting a very different path from that of the corporate-led "education reform."

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

December 18, 2013

2013 in Review Part 1: Charter Schools: Public, Private, or Parasitic?

While I recognize that good-hearted people have been attempting to use charter schools as an avenue to help students not served well by traditional schools, the situation faced by public schools has become dire.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

November 15, 2013

Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

November 12, 2013

John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy?

The idea that financial incentives can improve teacher quality in an age of high-stakes testing is dead on arrival unless top teachers can produce gains in the tough schools that are comparable to gains in lower-poverty schools.

October 10, 2013

Social Darwinism Resurrected for the New Gilded Age

The fittest will survive and perhaps have a chance at that ever-shrinking middle class. The rest will flounder, but we have the "ethos of the meritocracy" to rescue us from any pangs of moral conscience.

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