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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:

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

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Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

At the very end of National Charter School week and on the 25th anniversary of Brown v Board, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders dropped an education bomb. Here’s one of the best—and first—threads I saw on Twitter just minutes after the announcement, written by Inez Stepman. Inez Feltscher Stepman is a first generation American and senior… Continue reading Bernie’s Sick Joke (A Thread)

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Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

Derrell’s story encapsulates why I am so steadfast in my belief that parents—regardless of income or zip code—deserve to have access to the best possible schools for their children. Thank you Derrell for always bringing me back to that north star, even on the days of disappointments and setbacks. And thank you for being such… Continue reading Meet My Friend Derrell Bradford—I’m Proud to Know Him

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NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns

It’s never a good sign for students or taxpayers when the Executive Director of NEA RI is sending thank you notes to the Governor—on Twitter. Perhaps a moment of silence is in order. There was a time that Governor Gina Raimondo was a champion of reform, that rare Democrat willing to ignore and even clap… Continue reading NEA Sends Thank You Note to Governor Raimondo—and a State Mourns