K+10: Time to Celebrate Our Success & Recommit to Reform


By Eva Kemp-Melder, DFER-Louisiana This week, thousands of school leaders, teachers, advocates, and policy-makers gathered here in New Orleans for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual conference. While the event featured a...

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We Are Better Than This

By Lisa Macfarlane, Washington State Director Driving home on Monday, I heard on NPR that Kalief Browder, the young man from Brooklyn who spent three years on Rikers Island -- two of them in...

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West Valley View: “City leaders must take the lead”


By Lorenzo Sierra, Avondale city councilman When the most recent Arizona legislative session ended, one thing was apparent — education wasn’t a priority for the state’s leadership. Based on the governor’s polling numbers, parents...

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DFER Louisiana Statement on House Bill 166


Baton Rouge, La—Today, following the House Education Committee vote on House Bill 166 that passed by a vote of 9 to 8, DFER-LA State Director, Eva Kemp-Melder, released the following statement: “While we are...

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