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August 20, 2014 posted by Alan Spero

How I transferred my son out of a low-performing school

As a staff member at StudentsFirst, I’m well aware of the challenges and frustrations parents face when they realize their kids are attending a failing or low-performing school; often their kids are trapped at these schools strictly due to their zip code, and it’s too costly to enroll them in a private institution (if one is even available). Read More»

August 19, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Public Supports Changing the Status Quo in Education

There’s no doubt that some of the policies for which StudentsFirst advocates challenge the status quo in education. But at the same time, we’ve always believed they are not only well-researched, but common sense.  Read More»

August 14, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Is KIPP’s success due to student attrition?

KIPP – the Knowledge is Power Program – is often heralded as one of the most successful networks of public charter schools.  Read More»

August 08, 2014 posted by Halli Bayer

Back to School (Choice)

Kids’ schools are one of the only areas of our lives where adults still have hardly any choices or options. Read More»

August 05, 2014 posted by Jacob Waters

Fact-Checking Randi Weingarten

The recent filing of two new lawsuits in New York has pushed forward an important national conversation on the impact of current teacher tenure and dismissal policies.  Read More»

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