Tag Archives: The Progressive Magazine

What Will 2018 Bring for Public Education?

Yes, 2017 was a rough year for public school supporters, with the ascension of President Donald Trump and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the continued underfunding and undermining of local public schools, and the increased attacks on teacher professionalism and students’ civil rights. But there’s hope for 2018. The public has grown far more skeptical toward the movement to

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The Progressive Magazine: How a Grassroots Revolt Against Testing May Change Education

A revolt involving hundreds of thousands of Americans against the federal and state government has been brewing over the past couple of years. What caused this grassroots revolt? Parents and students have had enough of high-stakes testing required by federal law and implemented by the states and have chosen to “opt out” of the tests. High-stakes tests swept the nation

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.@NAACP Now: Will we get more testing status quo from Presidential Candidates?

I recently wrote an article for the NAACP national office about the 2016 presidential race, high-stakes testing, Common Core and civil rights. I wrote the piece for NAACP Now, a forum that includes “voices of members, activists, partners and supporters who believe in our cause to bring about social change.” Here is the article entitled Will we get more testing status quo from

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“Lead Bravely.” How To Change the Story About Community-Based Education

by Sarah Lahm for The Progressive Magazine Just as the Progressive launched its new “Education Fellows” project, as a way to refocus education policy on democratic, child-centered principles, one of those fellows–California professor Julian Vasquez Heilig–came to Minnesota to talk about community-based education reform. Vasquez Heilig spoke at the University of Minnesota on September 24 to a late afternoon crowd of around 100

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