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.
Tracey Weinstein | January 15, 2015

Why Congress is Talking About Education and How it Affects Your Child’s School

You may have heard that education is a hot topic in Congress right now. That's because Congress is finally trying to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Caitlin Halla | December 2, 2014

Professional Development as a Tool for Success in Title I Schools

As a second-year teacher, working at a low-income school can be daunting. With a student population comprised of 81% low-income families qualifying for free and reduced lunch, parent financial support is hard to come by, student advocacy rates are low, and donations are scarce.
Francisco Castillo | November 7, 2014

Students won.

Amid all the election post-mortems and mop-ups, one fact is clear –students across the country won big on Tuesday.
Tiphani Davis | October 30, 2014

LIFO, a teacher's perspective

I had assumed a letter addressed to me from the superintendent was to congratulate me for my students’ test scores or perhaps another request to train others on cross curriculum lesson planning. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to open the letter and learn that I would no longer be a teacher.
Sean Gill | October 13, 2014

Shining A New Light on Financial Data

It’s election season, and television brings a seemingly inexhaustible supply of campaign ads. Yet, if there is one issue on which it seems every candidate agrees, it is that government must be made more efficient.
Tracey Weinstein and Sean Gill | October 2, 2014

How Do We Measure the “Health” of the Charter School Movement?

A grassroots movement to reform America's public education and keep our best teachers in the classroom.