Steven Singer

Steven Singer

Steven Singer is a husband, father, teacher, blogger and education advocate. He often writes at his own blog here.

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The education insurgency was more than even getting candidates elected. It was also about changes in policy. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
What Happened to 2018 As The Year of the Teacher?
This year teachers took their mission way beyond the classroom. Starting in West Virginia, we staged half-a-dozen walkouts in red states across the country demanding a better investment in children’s educations and often getting it. Then we took that momentum and stormed our state capitals and...
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Charter school teachers in Chicago are striking Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Charter School Lobby Silent as Charter Teachers Continue Strike
Charter school teachers in Chicago are in their fourth day of a strike . Yet I wonder why the leaders of the charter movement are quiet. Where is Peter Cunningham of the Education Post ? Where is Shaver Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform ? Not a word from Campbell Brown or Michelle Rhee ?...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Views
Sunday, December 02, 2018
Billionaire Heiress Lashes Out at Unions Because Her Fortune Didn’t Buy Election
Betsy DeVos is furious! She and her family spent boatloads of money this election cycle and few of their candidates won. Instead, lawmakers were largely selected by these things called… ew… voters. She was so enraged that she used her platform as Secretary of Education – another prudent purchase by...
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
Dear Lawmakers, Please Hire Teachers as Education Aides—Not TFA Alumni
Dear freshmen lawmakers, We did it! After a fiercely contested election, we have finally begun to turn the tide back toward progressive politics. Midterms usually are sparsely attended, but this year we had an unprecedented turnout. A total of 2 3 states had double-digit percentage-point increases...
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The victims are honored outside the Tree of Life Synagogue Views
Saturday, November 03, 2018
The World Mourns for Jews After Pittsburgh’s Synagogue Shooting. What About Other Targets of Hate?
When a white supremacist killed 11 people and wounded 6 others at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend, the world took notice. Lights dimmed at the Eiffel Tower and Empire State building . Candlelight vigils were held nationwide – including in Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New...
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“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Views
Saturday, October 27, 2018
The Pittsburgh Community is Stronger Than the Synagogue Shooter’s Hate
There’s a popular yard sign in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In bands of green and blue and yellow, it projects the same message in Spanish, English and Arabic: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” If the community had a motto, I think that might be it...
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Saturday, September 08, 2018
There Is Virtually No Difference Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Charter Schools
Stop kidding yourself. Charter schools are a bad deal.
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"In my years in the classroom, I’ve helped a lot of kids get better test scores. But that’s not why they come up to me. That’s not why they remember me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, August 27, 2018
No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores
It’s the day before school begins. I’m out to eat with my family and have just taken a big bite of a juicy beef taco. That’s when I notice someone standing right next to me at the restaurant. So I raise my eyes upward, a meat filled tortilla overfilled with lettuce and beans hanging from my mouth,...
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schoolboy protester Views
Saturday, August 11, 2018
This Wall Street PAC Bankrolling Democrats Thinks Being Progressive Means Mirroring Betsy DeVos
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) put out a new video about what they think it means to be an education progressive. And by the political action committee’s definition, Betsy DeVos may be the most “progressive” education secretary ever. She champions “public charter schools.” Just like them !...
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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Wealth—Not Enrollment in Private School—Increases Student Achievement, According to New Study
Students enrolled in private schools often get good grades and high test scores. And there’s a reason for that – they’re from wealthier families. "If we really want to help our children, the solution is not increased privatization. It is increased funding and support for anti-poverty programs,...
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