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Former Elected Official Way Off Base When She Claims Massachusetts Charters Serve “Barely Any” Special needs or ELL students

The casual and constant misrepresentation of facts by former Worcester school committee member Tracy Novick  is wrong at its core because it seeks to erase the very real stories of students and families for whom school choice has been a life-line. Children with autism, processing disorders, behavioral disorders, and dyslexia are served every single day… Continue reading Former Elected Official Way Off Base When She Claims Massachusetts Charters Serve “Barely Any” Special needs or ELL students

Rhode Island

Popcorn and Popsicles Are Not a Problem

Sometimes it feels as though schools have lost their proverbial minds and all it takes is a strict (or insane) adherence to a “health and wellness policy” to make the case that indeed they have. But first, let’s get one thing out of the way. We all can agree that health and wellness are both… Continue reading Popcorn and Popsicles Are Not a Problem

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Three Teachers are Gone as School Community Begins to Heal

Blackstone Valley Prep has rightly severed its relationship with three teachers because, simply put, there is no defense for the indefensible. Even when it occurs within an organization that we admire. Even when it occurs in an organization that we are part of.  And especially not when kids (and their parents) have been let down,… Continue reading Three Teachers are Gone as School Community Begins to Heal

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Rhode Island 2017 Teacher of the Year Dispels Myth That Charter Schools Don’t Serve Kids With Special Needs

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone make the false claim that charter schools don’t take kids with special needs, I’d be sitting atop a big  pile of money.  But the charter haters in the Ocean State have a small problem with their usual talking points in light of the recent announcement of… Continue reading Rhode Island 2017 Teacher of the Year Dispels Myth That Charter Schools Don’t Serve Kids With Special Needs

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These Teachers are Proud and Happy to Block Low Income Families From Accessing Schools Like Theirs

It is hard to look at photos splashed all over social media with mostly white teachers who work in the suburbs, smiling, while they protest ensuring that more disadvantaged children get the education that they deserve–the education that these teachers would most assuredly demand for their own children.   “But giving parents in underperforming districts… Continue reading These Teachers are Proud and Happy to Block Low Income Families From Accessing Schools Like Theirs

Rhode Island

West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome

One parent said her son wasn’t successful or able to get the help he needed in a private school. Now, she said, “He can’t wait for Monday.” West Broadway Middle School is a window into the promise of urban public schools when they have strong and positive leaders who are able to hire and build… Continue reading West Broadway Middle School: A Window Into How an Urban District School Can Be Totally Awesome

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Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive  

“Charter schools? Democrats don’t support those.” It was a small group of anti-charter organizers who were saying it — and in truth, that was one of the more polite ways it was expressed. But that’s the kind of comment I heard at the recent Democratic State Convention. And to me, it was surprising.  After all,… Continue reading Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive  

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Guest Post: The Appallingly Bad Mission of the Badass Teachers Association

By Nat Morton Hopping around Twitter today I was struck by the mission statement of an organization known as Badass Teachers Association.  On social media, at least, they seem to be very vocal on many public education issues including the “Keep The Cap” (on public charters) campaign.  Their mission statement reads as follows: This is for every teacher who refuses to… Continue reading Guest Post: The Appallingly Bad Mission of the Badass Teachers Association

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Of Course Education is a Civil Right

It is impossible to separate the conversation about equity in education from the conversation about civil rights. Former President George W. Bush, President Obama, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and current Secretary John King have all stood firm on the belief that when we talk about educating all of America’s children, we are talking about… Continue reading Of Course Education is a Civil Right

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Kipp Academy Embraced my Son and his Autism

I have four children and as with all children, their needs are not the same. They need different things at home and the same is true in school.  As a charter mom of a child with autism, it is very upsetting to hear the local media and others repeatedly make the false claim that charter… Continue reading Kipp Academy Embraced my Son and his Autism