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Why Care About Other People’s Children

Why Care About Other People’s Children

I’d like to pose a radical thought – loving my child does not mean I’m indifferent to yours.

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Hero of New CW Action Series to be a Charter School Principal

Hero of New CW Action Series to be a Charter School Principal

Charter schools are incredibly contentious. Why would you want to purposefully set your superhero series there!?

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Charter Schools and Voucher Schools are Virtually Identical

Charter Schools and Voucher Schools are Virtually Identical

By their very structure, public schools give much more agency in children’s education and how taxpayer money is spent.

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Tax Cuts Are Theft.

Tax Cuts Are Theft.

We owe government a debt for all the public institutions from which we benefit. Withholding payment is unfair.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is a Pathetic Joke!

Teacher Appreciation Week is a Pathetic Joke!

Why else would we begrudge them a middle class income? Why else would we provide them with so few resources and so much responsibility? Why else would we bar them from making meaningful decisions about how their students should be taught?

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Reaching Black Students Harder for White Teachers in the Age of Trump

Reaching Black Students Harder for White Teachers in the Age of Trump

Racism and prejudice are no longer at the same remove. They never went away, but now they’re an unspoken presence coiled at our feet – constantly.

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I May Have Just Been Murdered By House Republicans

I May Have Just Been Murdered By House Republicans

I have a pre-existing condition. This new healthcare bill may be my death sentence.

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Don’t Trash the Department of Education. Fix It.

Don’t Trash the Department of Education. Fix It.

It’s not the Department of Education that’s the problem. It’s what we’ve done to it.

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Trump Can’t Limit Federal Role in Public Schools AND Push School Vouchers

Trump Can’t Limit Federal Role in Public Schools AND Push School Vouchers

Either states and local districts determine the bulk of their school policies or not.

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Let’s Hear It For Black Girls!

Let’s Hear It For Black Girls!

  “Sisters are more than the sum of their relative disadvantages: they are active agents who craft meaning out of their circumstances and do so in complicated and diverse ways.” -Melissa Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen (2011)     Let’s hear it for black girls!   They are beautiful, bold, irrepressible and – above all – so […]

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Arne Duncan Designed Rahm Emanuel’s Latest Attack on Poor Students of Color

Arne Duncan Designed Rahm Emanuel’s Latest Attack on Poor Students of Color

Arne Duncan suggested Rahm Emanuel help poor children of color by making it harder to graduate.

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Dept of Ed Hires Anti-Civil Rights Crusader to Protect Student’s Nonexistent Civil Rights

Dept of Ed Hires Anti-Civil Rights Crusader to Protect Student’s Nonexistent Civil Rights

The 39-year-old attorney is anti-women’s rights, anti-distributive justice and possibly even anti-compulsory education and anti-Civil Rights Act of 1964!

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Standardized Testing Creates Captive Markets

Standardized Testing Creates Captive Markets

Standardized testing and Common Core are one pernicious example of our new captive market capitalism collapsing into plutocracy.

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Decolonizing Through Dialogue: Authentic Teaching in the Age of Testing and Common Core

Decolonizing Through Dialogue: Authentic Teaching in the Age of Testing and Common Core

  If you’re not careful, being a public school teacher can become an act of colonization.   This is especially true if you’re a white teacher like me with classes of mostly black students. But it’s not the only case. As an educator, no matter who you are or whom you teach, you’re a symbol […]

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NEWSFLASH: Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out

NEWSFLASH: Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out

She is a saleswoman for privatization and she thinks public schools suck. Well whoop-de-do!

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The Corporate Coup Destroying Our Schools Has Finally Come For Our Government

The Corporate Coup Destroying Our Schools Has Finally Come For Our Government

The excuse is the same one used to deny equity, dismantle protections and close our public schools – we need to run government like a business.

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The Joy of Opting Out of Standardized Testing

The Joy of Opting Out of Standardized Testing

I have to proctor the federally mandated standardized tests to my students. But I’ve opted my own daughter out.

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Donald Trump, If the US is Attacked, We Will Blame YOU

Donald Trump, If the US is Attacked, We Will Blame YOU

We will not let you get away with stoking violence and then using the results as a justification for what you did to cause the problem in the first place.

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Trump Budgets More Money to Kill Kids in Yemen Than Educate Kids in USA

Trump Budgets More Money to Kill Kids in Yemen Than Educate Kids in USA

America deserves better than this Trump budget. Our children deserve a better future than this.

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Always Be Testing – The Sales Pitch for Corporate Education Reform

Always Be Testing – The Sales Pitch for Corporate Education Reform

This is the new Common Core aligned diagnostic system – the Pearson leads. And to you, it’s gold. But you don’t get it because it’s for testers. Not teachers.

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