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Restorative Justice Gone Wrong : One Mother’s Horror Story

In 2015 I started a three-year journey to acquire my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. On top of going back to graduate school,...

Fighting for the Safety of Our Children

They should have been four bills that were incredibly easy to pass.  When people asked me what I was working on, I...

“I see heaven in the eyes of these boys”: The birth of an all-male charter school in Southeast Washington, D.C.

Shawn Hardnett knows education. And he knows schools. And after working in public education for twenty-five years and visiting upwards of two...

Success Academy Made Low-income Kids Champions — Knowing You’d Curse Them For It.

Tonya Harding’s abrasive, chain-smoking mother dispensing wisdom to her daughter in the 2017 film I, Tonya Robert Pondiscio...

New Narratives, Same Failures

Currently parading through the circuit of "new obligatory narrations" is this notion that test scores only tell one part of the story....

Can Traditional Public Schools Survive?

In 1852 Massachusetts became the first state in America to require compulsory public schooling, and most American states followed suit by the...

Fooled Me Once, Fooled Me Twice: A Teacher’s Story

My teaching career ended last June of 2018. I chose to retire after being an educator for 41 years. In that time...

The Victor Narrative Will Serve Students Better

Over the past few decades, our society has increasingly been willing to reduce instructional time spent in the core subject areas in...