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I'm an educator, Kalamazoo College alumnus, Democrat, and proud Detroiter! Views here are my own.
One key challenge of urban education is the high teacher turnover rate. As I’ve mentioned before, 46 percent of new teachers will leave the profession within five years. Arguably, that number is higher in urban districts where we teachers face larger socio-economic obstacles. Thus, one of the major criticisms of Teach For America’s mere two-year…read more »
A few weeks ago, I got into a back and forth with a friend about charter schools. She accused me of being too general in my distaste for them, and blasted me for not taking a more nuanced approach to education policy. After responding to a barrage of comments on my open letter the past…read more »
Dear 2013 corps members, I recently read and commented on a blog post calling on you to quit Teach For America because, as alleged in the letter, the program exacerbates inequalities, operates under a broken model, isn’t wanted by communities, and practices disaster capitalism. While I agree with many of the author’s points, I want…read more »
I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on state budgets over the past few weeks on this blog. That’s because despite questions about student test scores, teacher evaluations, poverty, or the litany of other issues that land on the education spectrum, we will always return to the almighty dollar. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, tax cuts…read more »