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Wide Ruled – Ep. 015: Literacy’s Leading Men

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Ricardo Carter and Trevon Kirkpatrick were not the typical rising stars in high school. Mentor Mr. Ricardo Neal, however, knew they were capable of greatness. After graduation, the journey would take them not to college, but back to school nonetheless. In episode 15 of Wide Ruled, hear the story of Ricardo and Treyvon’s journey which is elevating them as leaders and addressing a deep-seated need in our schools.

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Wide Ruled – Ep. 014: You’ve Got the Power

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Detroit’s decline has been frequent subject of scrutiny, mockery, and curiosity for some time. While this episode was initially intended to document the history of Detroit’s schools, after talking to Marquitta Fields, it became clear that there was a more important story to tell in this moment. Through her story, explore the impact of teacher expectations and context as perspective-shaper.

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Wide Ruled – Ep. 013: Minnesota is FIRE: Fighting Inequality and Racism in Education

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Since it’s grand merger in 1998, Minnesota’s statewide teachers union, Education Minnesota, has made the pursuit of equity a permanent pillar of its mission. Recently, union staff and members began an anti-racism curriculum-writing initiative. What they ended up with, however, was a far cry from what was initially intended and turned out to be much more personal than they first imagined. Now, they’re on FIRE.

 

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Wide Ruled – Ep. 012: House Bill 7069 is Not a Test

Kenny Menchu, Anna Fusco, and Liliana Ruido of the Broward Teachers Union

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At the annual TEACH conference hosted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), we talked to Florida educators from all over the state about the recently passed Florida House Bill 7069. Educators in Florida hold that the bill is part of a long onslaught on public education in Florida: an onslaught that has insidiously crept into classrooms across the nation.

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Wide Ruled – Ep. 011: And the Two Shall Become One School

PAC Superintendent Joe Kramer

PAC Superintendent Joe Kramer

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As the student population in a given district shrinks, so does the funding stream attached to enrollment numbers, creating strain on building and staffing budgets. Superintendent of Pocahontas Area Community Schools explains how a steadily shrinking population in north central Iowa have led to numerous district reorganizations. Then Mary Esselman, former assistant superintendent of the Kansas City Missouri School District recounts what consolidation looks like in a less rural setting.

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