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New Orleans Corporate Education Reform 101

What they won’t tell you about the education reforms in New Orleans? By Raynard Sanders, Ed.D. | Originally Published at EmpathyEducates. March 30, 2015 The corporate education reforms in New Orleans have been touted as the national guide for turning around urban school districts. As a result [...]

One Term Rahm: Talking Back to the Times about Chicago School Closings

Today’s New York Times tries its hand at explaining why on earth something as silly as neighborhood public schools could bedevil Rahm Emanuel right out of his incumbent throne as Mayor of Chicago. My home is on Chicago’s South Side, on a street full of cops [...]

The ‘Student Success Act’ Isn’t About Student Success: Charter Schools

The “Student Success Act” is a sham. I detail why in Part 1 of a series of posts analyzing the impacts and implications of the bill. By Benjamin J. Rosenblatt | Originally Published at Medium. February 18, 2015 | Photographic Credit; The Gummere Library. William Penn [...]

Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline: Why Education Is the Liberation of Black Youth

By Jonathan Stith | Originally Published at Huffington Post Black Voices. February 11, 2015 12:44 PM EST | Photographic Credit; Getty Images There is a war going on outside -- that no Black youth is safe from. Most recently, we've seen this war played out through the [...]

Is This The End of Education Austerity?

For years, states have cut education spending and put policies in place that left our schools and students "failing." Recently, contentious reelection races often included criticism of budget cuts and reduced education spending. It would seem that some Conservative Republican Governors have begun to get the message; [...]

Change of Heart: Wisconsin Voucher Pioneer Grew Disillusioned with ‘School Choice’

By Simon Brown | Originally Published at Americans United in Wall of Separation. February 3, 2015 | Photograph; Representative Annette Polly Williams, “Mother of Parental School Choice” grew disillusioned with voucher program. In 1949, five domestic house cats were introduced to tiny Marion Island, which is off [...]

The New Orleans Recovery School District’s Unbelievable Plan to Gain Community Support

By Raynard Sanders, Ed.D. | Originally Published atThe New Orleans Tribune. January 22, 2015 | In August 2012, Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard gets off the school bus at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in New Orleans. Since then, Johnson – which was one of the [...]

The Racist History of the Charter School Movement

By Christopher Bonastia | Originally Published at AlterNet. January 6, 2015 Touted as the cure for what ails public education, charter schools have historical roots that are rarely discussed. As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents [...]