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Guest Post: What if Better Isn’t Better

By Blake Harvard I saw this quote as I scrolled through my twitter feed this morning: I’ve seen this quote a few times and haven’t thought too much about it. This morning, however, I really took a bit to consider its meaning. Let me be clear…I’m not knocking this quote. I’m not a big fan… Continue reading Guest Post: What if Better Isn’t Better

Rhode Island · School Talk

Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

While hoards of Warwick students headed to the microphone at last night’s school committee meeting, many in tears over the elimination of all sports and clubs from the budget, it is unlikely that any of them understand the recklessness that got them to this painful place. When you have already closed schools and laid off… Continue reading Some Straight Talk About Why Students in Warwick Are Crying At a Microphone And Storming City Hall

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Today It’s Kyle Kashuv, Tomorrow It Could Be You

“Racist” and “Stupid” are not synonyms and sometimes it seems like some people would like for them to be. In the wake of the decision by Harvard University to rescind Parkland survivor and conservative activist Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance because of text messages and shared electronic documents in which he wrote racist slurs, a national debate… Continue reading Today It’s Kyle Kashuv, Tomorrow It Could Be You

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Stop Talking About Teachers Like They Are All the Same

As a former teacher and school committee member and as the mother of three school-aged children, the lazy and often propaganda-laden way of speaking about teachers as some sort of monolith has always bothered me. Not only is it intellectually dishonest but it directly impedes well intentioned efforts to professionalize the sector. Teachers aren’t identical… Continue reading Stop Talking About Teachers Like They Are All the Same

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Citizen Stewart Responds—via Twitter—to Bernie Sanders’ Education Proposal

A couple Fridays ago, late in the day, the Bernie Sanders campaign released its education plan, the “Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education.” Chris Stewart, father of three school aged children and CEO of Education Post—for whom I work—shared his thoughts and asked questions by way of a compelling Twitter thread last week. I have… Continue reading Citizen Stewart Responds—via Twitter—to Bernie Sanders’ Education Proposal

Connecticut · School Talk

No Government Should Be Able to Tell You or Me to Put My Child in Harm’s Way

I am proud to call Gwen Samuel my friend. She fights hard, extends grace, assumes best intentions, and believes in all children. She doesn’t want standards lowered for Black children—she wants us to do right by them in their schools so they can reach the same bar that we expect other children to reach. Because… Continue reading No Government Should Be Able to Tell You or Me to Put My Child in Harm’s Way

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California Legislators Will Vote Against Kids For the Right Price

As a vicious anti-charter school legislation package gets the needed yay votes to pass, it is important to understand how and why that could possibly happen. So here you go:

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Gwen Samuel Tells Black Leaders To Stop Being Complicit and Stand Up For Black Parents

This is the moment in time when Black leaders must decide how committed they are—or are not—to the education of Black and Brown children. This week, ground zero of our education war is California but don’t be fooled—this evil is coming for all of us. If our Black leaders won’t stand up now, we know… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Tells Black Leaders To Stop Being Complicit and Stand Up For Black Parents

Rhode Island · School Talk

A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

I am always grateful for the opportunity to visit Dan Yorke State of Mind and talk about what is happening in our schools or at the state house that will impact our schools—and last week was a doozy. Dan and I don’t always agree on everything but we certainly resist the 2019 fad of hating… Continue reading A Visit to the TV Studio with Dan Yorke—We Talk Salisbury Steak, Emily Post, and the Governor’s Gift to the NEA.

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Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not

Jenny Abamu is an Education reporter for WAMU885, DC’s @NPR station. She recently did a story about dyslexia and the struggle and confusion parents face—her Twitter thread about it caught my eye and I decided to share it with all of you. So glad to see journalists digging into this issue that has plagued schools, and the… Continue reading Prisons Are Now Required to Screen For and Treat Dyslexia; Schools Are Not