Koonlaba: An Eventful, Maddening Year…

I am a DreamTeacher Fellow with an organization called DreamWakers. This organization connects classrooms to professionals around the country. Then, the students in the classroom are able to video chat with that professional. My students have been chatting with professionals who use the skills that accompany art and creativity in their careers. This is a […]

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Koonlaba: Mississippi, What do you think you are doing?

I’ve just read the most depressing article this morning from back in the spring about Detroit’s schools. It tells about how much some families struggle to get their children to school in a place where school choice policy has run rampant for many years. I can’t imagine having to do any of the things described in […]

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New national report investigates teacher evaluations; MSEdBlogger key writer

The Network for Public Education published a report today entitled “Teachers Talk Back: Educators on the Impact of Teacher Evaluation.” Tupelo teacher and MSEdBlog editor Amanda Koonlaba was one of the eight educators who wrote the report. The “Teachers Talk Back” report chronicles a study from the fall of 2015, in which NPE investigated teacher turnover and frustration […]

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Koonlaba and Comans: The Facts about School Choice, Part 3: Competition and Deregulation

This is Part 3 of The Facts about School Choice. In Part 1 and Part 2, Amanda Koonlaba explained the history of the school choice movement beginning with Brown v. Board of Education and ending in 2015 when the state of Mississippi passed HB 369, better known as the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special […]

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TRUTHOUT: Obama Administration Enables Billionaire Takeover of US Public Schools

With the Walton billionaires doubling down in their efforts to accelerate the charter school industry and with the Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, throwing in $100 million to privatize traditional public schools, one might think that the U.S. Department of Education would be a major line of defense for America’s public schools educating the most underserved students or even a […]

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Brady: A primer on the damaging movement to privatize public schools

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift. Brady says schools need a complete transformation in what and how students learn — not the Common Core State Standards, standardized tests and other elements of corporate-influenced school reform. Here’s his latest piece, on efforts by some reformers […]

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Comans: With rally, MS school choice seeks to hide its shadowy roots

This Tuesday, as part of “School Choice Week,” Empower Mississippi has organized a rally in Jackson to promote awareness of its chief cause- bringing vouchers and charter schools to our state. MS Ed Blogger Amanda Koonlaba has written about the movement previously, here and here. The pros and cons of school choice should be discussed […]

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