Michaud: Idea could ease bitter education fight

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Kindergarten teacher Melissa Mazzalonga asks students questions inside Kindergarten teacher Melissa Mazzalonga asks students questions inside her classroom at Washington Elementary School in Huntington, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

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Anne Michaud Portrait of Newsday editorial board member Anne Michaud

Anne Michaud is the interactive editor for Newsday Opinion. She has written about politics, government, education and transportation

Here's an idea that might suck some of the bitterness out of the education-reform debate: teacher-powered schools.

I first read about this today, but I've been hearing from teachers for years that they are weary of reform imposed from above. Nobody knows what goes on in the classroom like the teacher, or so goes the argument. I wouldn't argue with that.

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The website TeacherPowered.org claims that there are 60 schools in 15 states in which teacher teams have secured the authority to design and run their own schools.

Education Evolving, an advocacy group, plans to report on the teacher-led movement today at the Education Writers Association National Seminar in Nashville. This will be worth following.

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