Month: March 2017

Close or Turnaround! Are School Turnaround Plans Working?

“Never say yes to anything you can’t say no to.” ― Marty Rubin The question of the hour is are closing schools more effective than school turnaround strategies. As advocates, parents, ed reform leaders and citizens across the state are lobbying and advocating for the passing of various bills to help with school improvement, the biggest question on the table…

“No Demonstrable Evidence” Is A Lie That Will Hurt Our Students

“So, let’s talk about after-school programs generally. They’re supposed to be educational programs, right? And that’s what they’re supposed to do, they’re supposed to help kids who can’t — who don’t get fed at home, get fed so that they do better at school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually…

Engaging Families and Communities Has to Be Intentional

In order for schools to respect all families, they must be informed, trained and intentional about engaging all families and the communities they serve. Engagement can’t be centered solely on federal requirements and money. Education leaders have to go beyond photo opportunities and policy and parental involvement checklists to truly connect with families. Engaging Families and Communities Has to Be Intentional…

Admit One – The Hype about School Vouchers

“[T]raditional public schools are not succeeding. In fact, let’s be clear, in many cases, they are failing. That’s helped people become more open to what were once considered really radical reforms—reforms like vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts.” 2013. – Betsy Devos  Everyone wants to be on the winning team. There’s no difference in education. Public education hasn’t been…

Family Over Everything! #FamilyEngagementMatters

“Family engagement  is an essential ingredient for student success!” – Dr. Karen Mapp  There’s a popular neighborhood saying, “family over everything”, which ironically is quite the opposite of what it actually happening with modern day American families in school Districts across the Nation. Pew Research Center stated in a recent article that “Two parent families are on the decline in America!” This…

Full steAm Ahead! The “A” Matters!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math have definitely been target areas in Education for many years. The next wave of creative thinkers and game changers can be sitting in the class rooms labeled as special education or failing and we wouldn’t even know it. I’m a product of a public school system in a major city. I’ve seen this as a student…

Arne Duncan to Trump and DeVos: We Cannot Stop Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Students

In AJC’s Get Schooled blog hosted by Maureen Downey, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushes back on the Trump’s administration call to leave enforcement of federal civil rights laws to states. Duncan notes that while Trump has claimed education to be “the civil rights issue of our time,” leaving it up to states to protect civil rights will not hold…