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An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I help… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

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This Crazy Twitter Thread May Be More Convincing on School Choice Than Anything Else I’ve Seen

[View the story “The Hills Are Alive! #Window Gate and The Case for Parent Choice” on Storify]

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How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the… Continue reading How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

Mommy Mayhem · Planet Mom Radio · School Talk

Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

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Guest Post: A political play or pushback against mediocrity? Why we need charter schools in the suburbs

By Tracy Dell’Angela   Do we need a charter movement in the suburbs? Education activist Derrell Bradford recently argued that yes, we do–but mostly because it broadens the base of clout-heavy supporters and makes it more palatable for self-interested politicians to “do the right thing” on school choice. I would agree, but for a very… Continue reading Guest Post: A political play or pushback against mediocrity? Why we need charter schools in the suburbs

Rhode Island

Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. – James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and education plays a central role in that vision. In a city that is one mile by one mile and made up of predominantly Latino families, school choice has become part of the fabric… Continue reading Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

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Now These Are Some Rules We Should Follow

My friend and colleague Chris Stewart has compiled a list of 26 rules for the ed reform debate and I must say, I’m with him on these. Far too often, those who sit from a perch of privilege (or at least a pretty comfortable place), speak, write, and tweet as if they have the right… Continue reading Now These Are Some Rules We Should Follow

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When it Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in my Head

I voted for Hillary Clinton. I wasn’t excited about it as so many other women, young and old, were. And the #ImWithHer movement didn’t resonate all that much with me because those who wrapped themselves in the hashtag and wore pantsuits to vote have never been willing to do the same for other women candidates, albeit conservative,… Continue reading When it Comes to Fighting for Kids, Hillary Will Be a Voice in my Head

Massachusetts · School Talk

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

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The Rhode Island governor’s race a win for students and ed reform

Finally! Students are honored in a Rhode Island election and even more strikingly, it happens despite an against-the-national-grain sweep for Democrats. As an independent who almost always votes a split ticket, I am not normally happy with such a partisan result. However, as a mother of three and a supporter of education reform, I’m elated… Continue reading The Rhode Island governor’s race a win for students and ed reform