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Jun 26 2013

An act of political courage

The Supreme Court’s decision to throw out a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and dismiss the Proposition 8 case this morning weren’t the only big political headlines this week. In fact, we’re being inundated by stories packed with historical precedent. Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court threw out an integral portion of the…

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Jun 25 2013

Should the state fund a teacher corps?

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…

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Jun 24 2013

An Open Letter to Gov. Walker

On Thursday the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on a provision in the proposed state budget that would limit the release of private school data. As an educator at a private school in Milwaukee, I was outraged by this provision and drafted the following letter to Governor Walker encouraging him to veto the provision. Dear Governor Walker:…

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Jun 22 2013

A shoutout to Detroit corps members

On June 23, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Detroit and led “The Freedom Walk” up Woodward Avenue. After the 90-minute walk he delivered an early version of his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. We know what’s happened in the 50 years since “The Freedom Walk” downtown. Tensions in our…

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Jun 21 2013

Being Uncomfortable.

I’ve never blogged before, but I really wanted to share my experiences here at TFA because the stories I’ve heard and the things I’ve experienced are amazing. Institute (AKA teacher training) is rough; I’m talking about 12 hours days on top of homework and lesson planning…I barely have time to sleep, but I’m hoping I’ll…

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Jun 21 2013

Same love

A few days ago I saw someone on Facebook post a link to a news story about either a student or a teacher being suspended for discussing the new song “Same Love” by Macklemore. Then yesterday I saw another person post a link about students in Ontario playing the song for their gay teacher as…

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Jun 20 2013

Find the positive in our schools

On this blog I speak highly of my home district, Grosse Pointe. So I was happy to see Grosse Pointe North’s Gary Abud named Michigan Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Since the announcement, I’ve been following him on twitter and I’ve also been following the controversy surrounding StudentsFirst’s exploitation of his award. But I…

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Jun 18 2013

Does residency matter? Look at Detroit.

Today the Wisconsin Legislature will begin debate of the state’s budget. Yet, one of the most controversial components isn’t an expenditure, it’s the proposed elimination of local residency requirements. As written, the bill would ban local governments from requiring public employees from living within their borders. So, what does this have to do with education?…

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Jun 17 2013

How our students fail to make the grade

Time and time again I will say that my Grosse Pointe education is what makes me an eloquent individual. During my four years at Grosse Pointe South High School I had four rigorous English courses that emphasized the importance of grammar (thanks Veronica Ajavon and Brian McDonald), word choice (thanks Rose Ann Roarty), and analysis…

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Jun 13 2013

Public School Plus

You know that service Hulu? Right, the one where you can watch TV shows online for free. Yeah, sometimes, if you want current TV shows with limited advertisements, you can sign up for a premium service called Hulu Plus. So, in Ann Arbor, they’re planning on doing this thing a lot like Hulu Plus. You…

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