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Education Can’t Just Be About the Books, Kids Need Life Skills Too

My husband and I have been blessed with two children. I’m grateful that, being both a parent and a teacher, I was able to use my knowledge of education to effectively parent our two daughters. Our first daughter was a model student who routinely took honors classes. Our second...

It’s Not Just Misbehavior. Students Are Telling Us Our Schools Aren’t Working.

While adults in schools split hairs over what to call what just happened to young people during the pandemic—“learning loss” vs. “unfinished learning”—the students send us a very different message. Behavior is communication. And right now, national problems with student behavior in school communicate that adults are completely out of...

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also has fomented political and racial divisions in parent communities that threaten long-standing efforts to create welcoming and affirming schools for all students. We are seeing...

I Support Public Schools, But My Son Didn’t Learn Anything Last Year. Now He’s in a Private School.

“The wolf took one last look at his mother and father…” My son is reading aloud in the other room. I hear his little voice recounting the story of a wolf who became the first wild wolf in California in a very long time. He reads with expression—exclamation points invoke...

Meeting Black Students’ Needs, One Microschool at a Time

The continued killing of unarmed Black men by police has spurred action across the country. Some people are looking at how we fund law enforcement. Some people are looking at their own biases and participating in training about diversity, equity, and inclusion.   Me? I’m looking at how we educate children...

More Than a Million Students Have Left Their Public Schools. Where Are They Going?

Just a glance at student attendance rates confirms what many have suspected for a while now: The pandemic had a profound impact on public school enrollment — and not in a good way.  Across the country, enrollment in public schools declined by over a million students during the 2000-2021 school...

National School Board Association Apologizes for Calling Parent Activism ‘Domestic Terrorism’ But It Might Be Too Late

Months after issuing a letter that called on President Biden to use federal agencies to stop “threats and acts of violence” at school board meetings, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is walking it back. It’s the latest update in a debacle that has been brewing since the letter’s...

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help public schools emerge from this time more equitable, just and resilient. If nothing else, our education system’s response to the pandemic should make it clear that the goal should not be...

Michigan’s Student Opportunity Scholarship Act Is Headed to the Governor

This week Michigan’s legislature quickly passed identical bills in the House and Senate that would “provide tax credits to residents who contributed to a scholarship program for students to use on alternative or supplemental education, including nonpublic schools.”  https://twitter.com/DeAngelisCorey/status/1453459565400440834 The "Student Opportunity Scholarship Act" would create a student scholarship program geared...

I Moved My Daughter to a Private School Only to Find It Has Challenges Too

Spurred by the pandemic, in August 2020 I pulled my daughter out of public school and enrolled her in a private school. Our family was attracted to the opportunity for small class sizes, outdoor learning and the school’s deep commitment to student voice and choice in learning. While we have...