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I find the growth of charter schools in many districts leaves me conflicted. First, regulations around charters vary so widely from state to state, you can’t paint them with a broad brush. Second, it often feels like a zero-sum game, with only a certain number of liferafts available as families desperately jump ship from their struggling neighborhood schools.

But I like this piece by my boss, Peter Cunningham​—he lays out the pragmatic case for where we stand now for charters. They are a part of the urban education puzzle, and in many cases they are a great use of public dollars to provide an education that can actually challenge income inequality and the cycle of poverty. I’m encouraged by districts that are embracing and working with charters while doubling down on improving their traditional schools.


The great irony is that the same progressives who advocate for equal access to marriage, equal access to a living wage, equal access to health insurance, and equal access to college with financial aid, oppose or fall completely silent when it comes to equal access to quality K-12 schools.
Kristen Forbriger

She’s talking about Philly, but it’s true all over.

The “great irony” of the progressive stance on educational equity.


Kids don’t necessarily have the language to talk about what it feels like to have a teacher not understand you and your culture. And you have teachers who are not confident in their own ability to manage a classroom, and who have not done their own work around figuring out what it means to be white and a person of privilege working in a school that serves predominantly low-income kids of color in Brooklyn.
Sharhonda Bossier

Hat-tip to Citizen Stewart at Citizen Ed →

I see a lot about respecting culture in the classroom, but Sharhonda Bossier breaks it down.