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Small Class Size – A Reform We’re Just Too Cheap To Try

Small Class Size – A Reform We’re Just Too Cheap To Try

Small class size makes a big difference. So why don’t we ensure all students have it?

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Top 10 Reasons Public Schools are the BEST Choice for Children, Parents & Communities

Top 10 Reasons Public Schools are the BEST Choice for Children, Parents & Communities

In terms of finances, accountability, self-governance, social justice and life-long learning, public schools are much better than any privatized system.

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Betsy DeVos Wants Fewer Rights for Rape Survivors & More for Alleged Attackers

Betsy DeVos Wants Fewer Rights for Rape Survivors & More for Alleged Attackers

Has Ms. DeVos ever met a survivor of sexual assault? I have – some of my students.

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XQ Live – Desperate School Choice Rebrand After Trump Touched It

XQ Live – Desperate School Choice Rebrand After Trump Touched It

It was the most pathetic display of desperation I have ever seen in my life.

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A Teacher’s Dilemma: Take a Stand Against Testing or Keep Abusing Children

A Teacher’s Dilemma: Take a Stand Against Testing or Keep Abusing Children

I know this is wrong, but I still do it!? What use am I?

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Dear Teachers, Don’t Be Good Soldiers for the EdTech Industry

Dear Teachers, Don’t Be Good Soldiers for the EdTech Industry

Otherwise, we are helping water down children’s educations and paving the way for our own replacement.

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Why I Teach

Why I Teach

A public school is more than a building to me. It’s a temple to humanity. It’s where we go to offer ourselves to other people.

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After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools be Charterized?

After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools be Charterized?

Don’t let charter school vultures use Hurricane Harvey to do to Houston what they did to New Orleans after Katrina.

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Study: Closing Schools Doesn’t Increase Test Scores

Study: Closing Schools Doesn’t Increase Test Scores

The study was funded by corporate school reform cheerleaders. If THEY can’t find evidence supporting their own policies, no one can!

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Who is Responsible for Student Achievement?

Who is Responsible for Student Achievement?

We’ve been told for so long that teachers are responsible for their students’ work that we’ve begun to accept it without question. But it’s not true.

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Surprised by Charlottesville? You Haven’t Been Paying Attention

Surprised by Charlottesville? You Haven’t Been Paying Attention

The Nazis marching in Charlotteville are an authentic part of America, and if you don’t like it, you have to do something about it.

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Pennsylvania Proposes Smaller Tests, Same High Stakes

Pennsylvania Proposes Smaller Tests, Same High Stakes

Shortening the PSSA tests would benefit our students. But it is far from solving our many education problems.

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Dear White Supremacists: There Will Be No Race War

Dear White Supremacists: There Will Be No Race War

Nazi cowards are on their knees begging for a race war. The only thing they’ll accomplish is uniting all races against them.

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Why Won’t Republicans Repeal Common Core?

Why Won’t Republicans Repeal Common Core?

Republicans have the power to end Common Core tomorrow, yet they don’t do it and have no plans to do so in the near future.

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Florida Looks to Hide Minority Students with Accountability Waiver

Florida Looks to Hide Minority Students with Accountability Waiver

Issue highlights how accountability can be used as an excuse for nefarious ends.

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Pity the Corporate School Reformers

Pity the Corporate School Reformers

Trump is pushing the agenda for corporate school reformers. Time for them to own it!

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I Am Not A Hero Teacher

I Am Not A Hero Teacher

I can’t fix all of our social problems all by myself. But every day I try to make a difference.

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Charter School Lobby Panics as NAACP Rejects For-Profit Schools

Charter School Lobby Panics as NAACP Rejects For-Profit Schools

White America has a history of freaking out at perfectly reasonable suggestions by the black community.

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School Voucher Industry Strikes Back: We’re Segregated!? No, You’re Segregated!

School Voucher Industry Strikes Back: We’re Segregated!? No, You’re Segregated!

This game of excusing one system based on the deficiencies of the other is pure sophistry.

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Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies

Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies

By emulating Asia’s test prep mania, we’ve imported their youth suicide problem.

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