Sarah Lahm

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Sarah is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English instructor. She is the winner of a 2014 Nation Institute Investigate Fund grant, and blogs about education at Bright Light Small City.

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May 2, 2017 10:30 PM Public School Shakedown

Parents want communication, not standardization. more

Apr 20, 2017 1:18 PM Public School Shakedown


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The opt-out numbers are so high that whatever data is being gathered from testing is useless in terms of representing district-wide learning. more

Mar 24, 2017 12:00 PM Public School Shakedown

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Sarah Lahm

An early morning rally in front of Minneapolis’s Green Central Community School brings together parents, students, teachers and advocates for racial, economic and immigration justice. “Our schools have to be sanctuaries.” more

Jan 25, 2017 10:34 AM Public School Shakedown



Beyond saying “no” to Betsy DeVos, what are progressives doing for public education? Two places to watch. more

Jan 18, 2017 2:16 PM Public School Shakedown

Public school supporters saw victories in lawsuits, referendums, and school board elections. more

Nov 17, 2016 3:24 PM Public School Shakedown

October 6th "walk-in" at Roosevelt High School in Minnesota, by Minneapolis Public Schools more

Oct 12, 2016 3:54 PM Public School Shakedown

Children welcomed to school by the beaming faces and clapping hands of dads, uncles, moms, school staff, and community members. more

Sep 6, 2016 3:21 PM Public School Shakedown

The district wants such training done faster and cheaper. more

Jul 26, 2016 2:47 PM Public School Shakedown

What concept of exactly, constitutes a “community school” is incredibly fuzzy. more

May 16, 2016 4:03 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments

“We pay them $300,000, they take our data, and...tell us to cut staff.” more

May 6, 2016 2:52 PM Magazine 3 Comments

Meet the new bosses, who are, so far, nothing like the old bosses. more

May 6, 2016 8:30 AM Public School Shakedown

Think kids aren’t paying attention to the 2016 presidential campaign? Think again. more

Apr 15, 2016 5:00 AM Public School Shakedown

For reasons that will resonate with many K-12 education activists, University of Minnesota faculty are organizing. more

Feb 29, 2016 5:57 PM Public School Shakedown

If Parks were around today, she might be surprised to learn that segregation, via school choice, is now being touted as a “civil right.” more

Dec 15, 2015 9:16 PM Public School Shakedown 4 Comments

Teach for America and its affiliates definitely threw moneyed support behind certain Richfield, Minnesota school board candidates... more

Nov 16, 2015 4:17 AM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments

A shadowy, out-of-state outfit called the District Management Council has been rewriting special ed policy. more

Oct 2, 2015 5:23 PM Magazine 2 Comments

California professor Julian Vasquez Helig says social media can help in the fight to save education. more

Oct 1, 2015 3:21 PM Public School Shakedown 1 Comments

Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system. more

May 27, 2015 1:02 PM Public School Shakedown 12 Comments

If I had to boil my conversation with these five students down to one sentence, it would be this: It’s not the MCAs, stupid; it’s everything else. more

Apr 7, 2015 5:44 PM Public School Shakedown

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