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Keep Your Politics Out of Back-to-School-Night (and in your “private office”)

‘Tis the season of back to school nights and open houses for parents. And that means it’s also the season for the pushing of political agendas at totally inappropriate times in an effort to get unwitting parents to buy what the local teachers’ union is selling. But it is wrong to urge parents to be… Continue reading Keep Your Politics Out of Back-to-School-Night (and in your “private office”)

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Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

This piece originally ran at Education Post here.  A big congratulations is in order for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts who recently learned they will be the home of an XQ Super School that has a unique vision for turning the traditional high school model right on its head. The school will be called Powderhouse… Continue reading Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

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Hillary: You’ve Got to Come Out Stronger on School Choice

It is an eerie, almost nauseous feeling for me when I find myself nodding and agreeing and even saying “Amen” in response to words coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. But alas, that’s what happened to me late last week during his long awaited education speech. He championed school choice and charter schools and expressed… Continue reading Hillary: You’ve Got to Come Out Stronger on School Choice

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Elizabeth Warren: Baby Got the Wrong Back

“Zip codes should not act as barbed-wire fences to keep out children whose parents cannot afford homes in that district” – Elizabeth Warren She’s known as the darling of the American left but Labor Day celebrations have again left us wondering if Elizabeth Warren is really just a Darling of America’s teachers’ unions. Once known… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren: Baby Got the Wrong Back

Massachusetts

Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

When I think of being ready for day one of a school year, tables of political buttons and campaign propaganda isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in Newton, Massachusetts this year, that’s what returning teachers found in their midst as they reunited after the summer. And there is something very wrong with… Continue reading Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

Massachusetts · Rhode Island

No Monolith Here, John

‘Tis the season for annual testing results and in my state of Rhode Island, that means we are hearing about how we did on PARCC. There is some good news in terms of the direction we are moving, mostly bad news about where we actually are, and a real life example of why charter schools… Continue reading No Monolith Here, John

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The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

  When kids don’t graduate, it has lifelong consequences.   Those are the recent words of Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner and there is no doubt that he is right. A high school diploma is widely accepted as the absolute bare minimum when it comes to educating students in 2016 and while most would… Continue reading The Other 97 Percent, an Ugly Rhode Island Secret

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Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

(This piece first ran in The Wellesley Townsman here on July 27, 2016)   I graduated from Wellesley High School in 1991. I was lucky to have excellent schools in the premier zip code that became my own in 1979 as a young girl entering the first grade at Hardy School. And now as a former educator… Continue reading Hey Wellesley, Let’s Support Access to Great Schools for All Massachusetts Children and #LifttheCap

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Holy Charter-Cap-Question Twitter Rant by Columbia Professor!

Sarah Cohodes blasted out 37 tweets about Massachusetts’ Question 2—about charter schools—on the November ballot. Check it out.

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After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now

I talk about expectations all the time and how we must ensure that the bar for our students and our children is a high one. And I firmly believe that to be true. But I realized last week that my feelings about the 2016 election put me in the crosshairs of potential hypocrisy. I wasn’t… Continue reading After Last Week, There’s a Good Chance #ImWithHer Now