Editorials

July 5, 2018

Windy City wisdom

“Testing is not the be-all and end-all.” That statement would not be surprising coming from a teacher who sees subject mastery in a student’s class performance and work portfolio or from a parent in the opt-out movement. Both know that a child is more than a score on a high stakes test.

Is this Success?

Success Academy was awash in celebration in June when it graduated its first high school seniors. Founder Eva Moskowitz reportedly shed tears of joy. She had so much to be proud of! Twelve years after opening its first school, the city’s largest charter network was sending all of its first high school graduating class to college. All 16 of them.

June 7, 2018

Fighting back
It would be a frightening moment in the workplace for anyone: a person you are trying to help suddenly attacks.
The right words

Words matter. When Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza uses the word “segregation,” he’s tackling head-on a critical issue in New York City public schools.

May 3, 2018

Funding matters

This spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers delivered a 3.3 percent increase for New York public schools, despite a state deficit and the fiscal threat from Washington, D.C.

Teacher uprising

Teachers in Republican strongholds are on the march because they have nothing to lose. Over the years, state lawmakers have stripped away school funding as well as the wages, pensions, workplace rights and health benefits of public school educators.

April 5, 2018

Students take the lead

Will this time be different?

Lesson from W. Va.

More than 20,000 teachers across West Virginia have shown the power of unity when working people come under attack.

March 1, 2018

Follow the money

The organization known as Families for Excellent Schools shut down suddenly in February, shortly after its founder and CEO was removed for “inappropriate behavior.”

Student power

In the immediate aftermath of the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 that took 17 lives, many people were shocked and tearful — and resigned to nothing changing with respect to gun laws.

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