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October 07, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Not to Contract With Teach For America

Local districts who contract with Teach For America have a obligation to do due diligence, negotiate the best deal, and avoid duplication of funding from state and federal governments. Local districts need to examine these ten reasons not to contract with Teach For America.

August 26, 2013

America's Most Deceptive Governor

North Carolina may have the most deceptive governor in America. He says one thing, but his actions are much different.The public schools are suffering major setbacks under his leadership.

March 18, 2013

Teachers Are Needed to Close Civic Gap

Civic literacy is critical with the wide gaps that exist in voting patterns. Rich people vote 50 points higher than poor people, and it shows in political support for issues important to tackling poverty in this country.

January 16, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Understood Poverty and So Do Teachers

Teachers understand that there are two kinds of poor children, those with social capital and those without. As we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and the inauguration of President Obama, we need to focus on ending poverty for all children.

September 25, 2012

Teacher Town Hall Exposes Reform Challenges

Teachers are fascinating people---especially when they get a chance to express their sincere beliefs about reform and the impact of that reform on their students and themselves. They are honest, insightful, and passionate about what they do. In these times, they are also a little fed up with the tol...

April 10, 2012

The Arts Gap in America

We have a major arts equity issue in this country. And, we have a major denial issue about the power of the arts in driving student achievement. Who gets hurt? Of course, as always, the poor children of America are the have-nots. The facts don't lie. Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke ...

December 05, 2011

Newt's Half-Baked Idea

Have you ever tried to bake a cake but had it flop because you took it out of the oven too early? Underbaked cake is mushy and gooey, difficult to correct, and hard to swallow. That is my mental model of Presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrinch's idea on teaching poor chil...

December 01, 2011

From High Poverty to High Performing

I always cringe when I hear so-called reformers say poverty is "no excuse" for lack of student achievement. It is not because I don't subscribe to that belief, but because I know politicians will use that message as an excuse for not "leveling the playing field" for poor children. To believe that y...



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