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September 19, 2012

Andre Dunbar's Journey for Justice

Guest post by Andre Dunbar. My name is Andre Dunbar. I am a senior at William L. Sayre High School in Philadelphia, and I am a student organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union. The Philadelphia Student Union is fighting back against school closures and the transformation plans we are seeing ...

March 30, 2012

Ellen Holmes: NEA's Priority Schools Focus on Teacher Expertise, Parent and Community Involvement

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This week I have been looking at the issue of Turnarounds and the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants, drawing from a conference I attended sponsored by the Education Writers Association. One of the speakers there was a former teacher named Ellen ...

March 29, 2012

Flipping the Script on Turnarounds: Why not Retain Teachers instead of Reject Them?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody At the Education Writers Association conference on School Improvement last Saturday, I was a bit of a contrarian. Many speakers suggested we need to "break the culture" at failing schools. A number suggested that the reason federal policies were not working was ...

March 27, 2012

Spinning the Numbers on Turnarounds: School Improvement Grant Controversy Brews

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody It has been said that "numbers tell the tale." But at the Education Writers Association forum on School Improvement Grants in Chicago Saturday, I saw the same numbers being used to tell some very different stories -- raising serious questions about efforts to i...

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