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River’s Edge Academy: an Expeditionary Learning School

An interview with REA’s Principal, Meghan Cavalier How are the relationships between students and staff different in your school environment than a traditional school and how does that influence their learning? The relationships between students and staff are intentional and collaborative. Staff work to support all student needs in and out of the classroom. We […]

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Public Schools Are a Public Good

Jerusha Conner, US News, April 16, 2015 The rapid growth of market-driven charter schools erodes a cornerstone of American democracy. In New Orleans, charter schools are the norm. Many involved in K-12 education seem to be growing weary of the charter school versus public school debate. Mark Gleason, head of a private advocacy organization in […]

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At Success Academy Charter Schools, High Scores and Polarizing Tactics

Kate Taylor, New York Times, April 6, 2015 At most schools, if a child is flailing academically, it is treated as a private matter. But at Success Academy Harlem 4, one boy’s struggles were there for all to see: On two colored charts in the hallway, where the students’ performance on weekly spelling and math […]

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Charter schools struggling to meet academic growth

Kim McGuire, StarTribune, February 17, 2015 A Star Tribune analysis shows a widening gap between success of white, minority students. Students in most Minnesota charter schools are failing to hit learning targets and are not achieving adequate academic growth, according to a Star Tribune analysis of school performance data. The analysis of 128 of the […]

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Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America

Motoko Rich, New York Times, February 5, 2015 Deja Moss, a Teach for America teacher, at Warren County Middle School in North Carolina. Travis Dove  Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, is suddenly having recruitment problems. For the […]

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Philanthropy’s Role in Education Reflects Power Dynamics at Play

Lia Weintraub, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, November 20, 2014 Grantmakers are able to grow movements by focusing on the entirety of issues, cultivating public support, funding effective nonprofit change-makers and growing political pressure through advocacy. These strategies allow grantmakers to leverage their limited resources to effect lasting change. For this reason, it is important […]

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A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Answer Sheet, November 19, 2014 Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say […]

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GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities

Lauren Camera, Education Week, November 7, 2014 After easily capturing the number of seats they needed take control of the U.S. Senate—and padding their majority in the House of Representatives—congressional Republicans have laid out an aggressive education policy agenda that includes overhauling the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law and the mammoth Higher Education Act. […]

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Why are TFA and a California billionaire investing in Minnesota school board race?

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet,” October 9, 2014 For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public officials. In 2013, for example, millions of dollars […]

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Segregation by Law vs. Segregation by Choice

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, May 14, 2014 The good news: Explicit segregation of our schools has been illegal for some time. The bad news: Subtler means of segregation have led us to a school system as racially isolated as it’s ever been. The major modes of racial segregation have changed over the years. The racially […]

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