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Anti-Reform Extremists Show Their True Colors

By Dmitri Mehlhorn Sometimes, anti-reform extremists take issue with me because I came up with the name “StudentsFirst” to describe the organization Michelle Rhee and I co-founded in 2010. They argue that it’s insulting and arrogant to claim that students need a lobbyist opposing the teachers unions on issues of choice and accountability, because teacher… Continue reading Anti-Reform Extremists Show Their True Colors

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Imagine If That Were Your Child

It’s all I could do not to jump through the screen to protect the Spring Valley High School student student being yanked from her desk and dragged across the floor of her classroom while her teacher and classmates just watched. She resembles so many of my former students and each time I watch the footage,… Continue reading Imagine If That Were Your Child

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Diane Ravitch Swings and Misses

Ravitch swings and misses with this quote too. Diane Ravitch rightly calls Peter Cunningham a charming fellow before wrongly telling Salon Readers that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to public education. Since I work as a consultant for Peter while using my educator and mom lenses to inform my thinking,… Continue reading Diane Ravitch Swings and Misses

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Governor Raimondo Leads by Tackling Education Funding in the Smallest State

Gov Raimondo signs exec order appointing funding review committee.  Gina Raimondo, the Governor of my little state of Rhode Island, has emerged this week as a leader on the very contentious issue of education funding. Not only has she ordered a review of the current funding formula but she isn’t shying away from talking about… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Leads by Tackling Education Funding in the Smallest State

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Next Time, Read The Headline

Breaking News:  Another academic has penned a piece about what he doesn’t like about Teach For America. I realize it may sound like a typical day in Edu-land but this time there’s a fun twist. T. Jameson Brewer, current PhD student and TFA alum who writes the piece for the Washington Post, chooses to cite… Continue reading Next Time, Read The Headline

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Give Them Back Their Desks

There is a very big difference between requiring that teachers move about the classroom during class and physically removing every teacher’s desk from their classroom and putting them out with the trash while students watch. According to the New York Post, the Principal of PS 24 in the Bronx ordered all teachers to clean out… Continue reading Give Them Back Their Desks

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This isn’t how it’s supposed to be for kids in school…

It was bound to happen that the cloud of excessive force by law enforcement would fall over a community close to my own and in this case, it happened inside a local high school. Yesterday was the day and the state police have already announced that they will be conducting an investigation. PAWTUCKET, R.I. —… Continue reading This isn’t how it’s supposed to be for kids in school…

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No Diane, Love Isn’t Always Enough

There are some who put things out in the twittersphere just to get a reaction and I have to believe that Diane Ravitch was working off that model when she tagged Chelsea Clinton in this tweet: @ChelseaClinton Now that you have a child, you will understand that love matters more than data    Putting aside… Continue reading No Diane, Love Isn’t Always Enough

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Parents’ Mentality is Paralyzing Teachers Nationwide

JP Fugler writes the HuffPo piece on which this blog post is based.  JP Fugler is a teacher, speech and debate coach, and writer who has dropped the proverbial mic in a hard hitting piece for parents at The Huffington Post and as a mother of three who taught for a decade, I think he… Continue reading Parents’ Mentality is Paralyzing Teachers Nationwide

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A Softer Touch But No Less Bold

New RI Ed Commissioner Ken Wagner We all know that bold and smart leadership can look lots of different ways and the education landscape is certainly no exception. While some well known education leaders tend to be the more aggressive warrior type, many others are mild mannered yet equally bold in their ideas about what… Continue reading A Softer Touch But No Less Bold