Month: February 2017

Atlanta Superintendent on Restoring Confidence, Focusing on Kids and Selfie Sticks

Meria Joel Carstarphen became superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on the heels of a national cheating scandal in which 11 of 12 people in APS were convicted on charges including racketeering, with some serving time in prison. Her two years have been a true test even within the intensely political world of urban superintendencies. But she’s been making her mark and moving…

Grandparents talk about School Choice.

“You should be able to have both. I don’t want to see public schools disrupted.”

Since Betsy DeVos’ nomination, the debate over school choice has commanded the country’s attention. Her cringe-worthy confirmation hearing left sound bites echoing throughout grade school hallways, college dorms, barbershops, corporate conference rooms, and morning commutes, leaving the public leaning forward on the edge of their seats (still) awaiting a conclusion to the spectacle. I can’t lie. Seeing Betsy DeVos being grilled…

The Impact of School Closings on Families and Communities and What We Can Do About It

School closings are difficult for communities, families and educators. Nationwide, we have seen major cities, rural counties and towns make the decision to close schools. One challenge that seems to be consistent in this situation is that stakeholders, educators and elected leaders are not on the same page. When the decision to close schools are on the table, we have…