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I Thought Vouchers Were Wrong, But Now I Realize They Helped My Son

Recently I wrote that a residency hearing with two children, Kayla and Tasha, represented to me our deeply-embedded structural inequities in education that decades of initiatives, as well as increased funding, have failed to repair. Consequently I’ve started to question my opposition to taxpayer-funded vouchers to private schools....

Teachers Can and Should Critique the Antiracism Ideology

“If you are going to show that, you need to discuss the ‘other side.’”  “What other side? We are studying the African-American experience, not the other side,” I stated, feeling incredibly self-righteous. The parent on the phone was smart enough to realize the trap...

Lucy, We Told You So

“Pouring over the work of contemporary reading researchers has led us to believe that aspects of balanced literacy need some ‘rebalancing.’” Those words, written by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and made public thanks to the terrific reporting of Emily Hanford and...

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

This is part one in a series by Laura Waters. I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink winter jacket and kicking her feet, returned a...