School Choice Scholarships Help Students Like Me

This post originally appeared in The Lakeland Ledger. I was born drug-addicted. I grew up poor with a single mother. I was destined to become a high school dropout, a teen mom, or worse. But I’m not any of those things. Instead, I’m completing my first year at Valencia College in Orlando, and I have […]

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School Choice Is a Great Thing. Now, Parents Need Better Choices — and More of Them

(This post originally appeared on The 74) When the call came in two weeks ago, I thought it might be another spammer. I didn’t recognize the number, but I answered anyway. “Hello, is this Mr. Wright?” “Yes, this is Lane.” “Hi. I’m calling from the School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre location. I’m […]

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Schools Should Be Building Future Civic Leaders

February’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school was a tragedy no student should have to endure. Seventeen students lost their lives at the hands of a gunman, a fellow student, who got his hands on an AR-15. Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the surrounding community will never be the same again, and that is to […]

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Choice for All Must Include Special-Needs Students

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It seems like schools are always strapped for resources. They’re being asked to do more with less. The result: We get a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching that actually doesn’t fit most students at all, especially not the ones I work with. As a special education attorney, I help families, educators, and the students they represent […]

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I’m a Florida teacher in the era of school shootings. This is the terrifying reality of my classroom during a lockdown drill.

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by K.T. Katzmann on February 20, 2018 “Remember,” I tell the children, looking them in the eyes in the darkened classroom. “Remember to keep the scissors open. They’ll stab better that way.” My students, the target demographic for many a Disney Channel sitcom, laugh nervously at me as they try to […]

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#MeTooK12: Teens are Speaking Out About Assault and Harassment in Schools

This post originally ran as part of The Future is Ms., an ongoing series of news reports by young feminists on MsMagazine.com/blog. Faces of Education is reposting with permission from the author. Sexual harassment and assault don’t suddenly happen in college or in the workplace. They occur because perpetrators hone these behaviors in K-12 schools, making them […]

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Florida Lawmakers Say Pretending to Evaluate Teachers Is Vital to Fixing Schools

Teacher smiling with students

(Disclaimer: This is satire. To all those who think the politicians mentioned and quoted in the article below would actually admit to these realities, thank you for your faith in humanity.) Florida has a long, proud history of pretending to evaluate teachers and two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Rene Plasencia and Sen. Debbie Mayfield, say they’re […]

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