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Education Savings Accounts for Our Military Members Aren’t Vouchers…and More

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NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out today and the news for Rhode Island is not good. Often called the “nation’s report card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments are administered to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state every two years. NAEP… Continue reading NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

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Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

It turns out that one of Amazon’s considerations in deciding where to build it’s second headquarters—or HQ2— is the average SAT (or ACT) score of students in the cities on their list of potential options. Not only does it figure into their calculation of what the local talent pool will look like in the coming… Continue reading Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

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Cynthia Nixon on Education: Look At What She Did, Not What She Says

By Alina Adams Emmy-winning Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon threw her hat into the New York gubernatorial race two weeks ago and, since then, she been traversing the state, stumping for a variety of issues. While the usual suspects parse her stance on subways, minimum wage, and women’s/LGBTQ rights, I am going to focus (to the surprise of absolutely no one)… Continue reading Cynthia Nixon on Education: Look At What She Did, Not What She Says

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It’s a Tipping Point When Tulsa’s Superintendent Supports a Strike

We all know education leaders who point to inadequate funding as the primary reason that improved student outcomes continue to elude us. Deborah Gist, the superintendent of schools in Tulsa, is not one of those leaders and her time in Washington DC and Rhode Island prove it. She is the first person to talk about… Continue reading It’s a Tipping Point When Tulsa’s Superintendent Supports a Strike

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The Impending Shutdown through the Eyes of a Teacher

By Nate Morris As night turns into day, students begin streaming through the doors of Burroughs Elementary and into Cameron Warner’s classroom.  They grab their breakfast, take their seat, and begin writing their response to the “Do Now” assignment on the board.  “They always write about a fun topic,” Cameron says. “It gets them motivated… Continue reading The Impending Shutdown through the Eyes of a Teacher

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When Charter Schools Aren’t Mentioned and Yet, Somehow, They Are Still the Enemy

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Sister Carmelina Was No Sister Jean…

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Are You Ready to Be the Salt Lick for Your Students?

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The Power of Understanding, Dignity, and Respect from the Courtroom to the Classroom

Victoria Pratt happens to be a judge in Newark, New Jersey but in listening to her Ted Talk about the change in behavior that comes when we treat everyone with dignity, respect, and understanding, I couldn’t help thinking about how all the best—and most effective—principals, assistant principal, teachers, and law enforcement officers are practitioners of… Continue reading The Power of Understanding, Dignity, and Respect from the Courtroom to the Classroom