StudentsFirst | November 17, 2015
2015: A Year of Wins for Students... and we're not done yet!
As 2015 comes to a close it is an opportunity to reflect on the work that is being done across the country to improve our nation’s K-12 education system. At StudentsFirst we are proud of the progress we contributed to through our targeted state advocacy work.
Aaron Guerrero | September 3, 2015
Will Congress Shun Opting-Out And Stand by Annual Testing?
When Congress returns next week from recess, it faces a critical choice in the weeks ahead. It will either ensure that we continue to evaluate how our schools perform through testing, or adopt previously proposed opt-out amendments that water down the provision to irrelevancy. We’re hoping that lawmakers stay on the current path and choose the former over the latter.
Brendan Ward | June 30, 2015
Pennsylvania is Trying to End LIFO
Budget constraints are hard, and layoffs are not easy, but getting rid of more effective teachers instead of less effective teachers just isn’t how we should staff our schools.
Karen Vicari | June 15, 2015
Help Our Good Teachers Become Great Teachers
I homeschool my daughter because we couldn't find a great school.
Michelle Rhee | April 22, 2015
Michelle Rhee on Why Opting Out is Not the Answer
Michelle appeared on The Neil Cavuto Show to discuss "Angry parents allowing kids not to take standardized tests".
Brendan Ward | April 16, 2015
InspireNOLA Charter Schools: Where Education Reform Works
When I spoke over the phone with Mr. Jamar McKneely, the CEO of InspireNOLA charter schools, a weather-alert siren was blaring around him.
Aaron Guerrero | March 26, 2015
Many Urban Charters Are A Success, But There’s Still Work to Be Done
When Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes released its study last week on urban charter schools, many school choice proponents had good reason to be ecstatic. The driving purpose of the study, which examined 41 urban charter school regions across nearly 22 states, was determining if urban charter schools were performing better or worse than traditional public schools (TPS) in their communities.
Lisette Castillo | March 5, 2015
Finding a Great School: One Parent’s Experience Navigating Open Enrollment
At StudentsFirst, we believe that parents are an enormous part of helping to fix our education system. They play a crucial role in advocating for their students each day and ensuring that year in and year out their child has the opportunity to attend a great school and learn from a great teacher.
Michelle Rhee | February 2, 2015
What Inspires Me to Help Make Change
I will never forget pulling up in front of Harlem Park Elementary School on my first day of teaching. The school was in the middle of a downtrodden, dangerous neighborhood and it was intimidating—bars on dingy windows, trash blowing up against chain-link fences. I was twenty-two years old, fresh out of college, and terrified.
Chad Aldeman and Anne Hyslop | January 16, 2015
Grade-Span Accountability is a Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT
Yesterday we released a short piece outlining the current education debate in Congress and how it might impact your child’s school. In an effort to keep you informed, today we want share a smart and informative piece from Chad Aldeman and Anne Hyslop over at Bellwether Education Partners that dives deeper into the testing conversation at the center of the debate in Congress.