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When Teachers Publicly Put Parents And Students on Blast

Social media has changed human behavior in countless ways. For many, what used to be reserved for venting to family and friends—and maybe even strangers on those really bad days—has morphed into fodder for public shaming. We see mommy bloggers writing about the most private struggles of their children. We see parents posting videos of… Continue reading When Teachers Publicly Put Parents And Students on Blast

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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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Madame Secretary, Where are the Parents and Teachers of Color?

President Trump is making most of us a little crazy these days and a recent meeting regarding education is certainly no exception. With the aftermath of the election coupled with the unprecedented opposition to Betsy DeVos’s nomination for Secretary of Education, there has been a hyper intensity about all things political in general and also… Continue reading Madame Secretary, Where are the Parents and Teachers of Color?

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Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

This is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Laura Waters.  If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your child… Continue reading Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

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You are the customer; are you demanding enough?

I sit on a committee that is designed, like all elected bodies, to represent the public. I consider the public my boss. I do not for a moment believe that my constituents and I will agree on every position I take, vote I cast, or policy decision made by the committee. I hope that we… Continue reading You are the customer; are you demanding enough?