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Coffee Break: Colorado Ed Reformer Mike Johnston on DeVos, DACA, and his future in the Democratic Party

By Katelyn Silva Mike Johnston was a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta, a principal for six years in Colorado, and served as a senior education advisor to President Obama. He just wrapped his tenure in the Colorado...
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Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend Denver’s South High School—a “welcoming center” school for refugees. She’s one of the students who talked with the leadership of...
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A Liberal’s Confession on Vouchers

As a dyed-in-the-wool liberal and as someone who worked in city school districts for a long time, I have a confession to make: I’m not against vouchers. I’m not entirely for them, either. But I am open-minded. I’m somewhere in...
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On the Wire…Week of January 30

Many city school districts are part of the “sanctuary city” services that offer special outreach and services to immigrants and refugees. So it has been a tense and anxious time in those districts, especially with last weekend’s executive order targeting...
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On the Wire… Week of January 23

On the Wire… It’s Friday, which means another roundup of some interesting city-ed stories from the week. Newark Looks Ahead to Return of Local Control ( After the state of New Jersey took control of the school system under the Quality Single Accountability...
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Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Sonia Wang on How Community Context Makes a Difference in the Classroom

By Katelyn Silva Sonia Wang is an educator on the South Side of Chicago who began as a literacy and writing teacher at a district elementary school. She is now a new principal at the University of Chicago Charter School...
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On the Wire…

Happy Friday of a very DC-focused week (even more so than normal, that is). Here is a quick wrap-up of a few stories on other stuff going on across the country that you might be interested in (and one on...
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This Fifth-Grade Teacher Has Some Questions for Betsy DeVos

By Caroline Corcoran Despite my middling efforts, I was not invited to question Betsy DeVos ahead of her confirmation hearing as secretary of education—it certainly would have been nice to be invited. Alas, the hearing was on a school day, so...
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