These 4 things about Baltimore

The City of Baltimore is uneasy. Tensions are heightened in the aftermath of yet another death of an unarmed young black man at the hands of police officers. As good people attempt to make sense of these bewildering events, we’re are seeing class and race division even in the way we talk about this tragedy. Enter …

Data empowers parents and their students

How can parents help keep their students on track without good information about how they are doing in school? That’s the question Gwen Samuel answers in this post republished from CT News Junkie. She argues for keeping annual testing that helps systems leaders and community members stay on the same page with student progress, and to …

Opting out hurts the poor most

Should educators use their positions as trusted informants to suggest that parents opt their children out of annual testing? This guest post republished from Raymond Ankrum points out how the opt-out movement, driven mostly by affluent families, hurts kids in poverty most. Currently Mr. Antkum is the Executive Director/Principal of a K-8 Charter school in Suffolk …

Teacher of the Year: “I quit”

Even the best teachers get tired of teaching.  The job is taxing enough of its own, but add systemic instability, top-down meddling, and less than stellar administration and you have the grease that speeds teachers toward the exit. In this post republished from Tom Rademacher, an English teacher in Minneapolis, MN., he shares what has pushed …