QuotED: 7 Quotes From Education News That Made Headlines in February

By Andrew Brownstein | February 27, 2018

QuotED is a roundup of the most notable quotes behind America’s top education headlines — taken from our daily EduClips, which spotlights morning headlines from America’s 15 largest school districts. Read previous EduClips installments here.

“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week…she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.” — A tweet from House Speaker Paul Ryan, later taken down, on the benefits of the new tax plan. (Read at Politics K-12)

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“To be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s been so controversial.” — Idaho State Senator Janie Ward-Engelking of Boise, a Democrat, on the legislature’s move to include human-caused climate change in its teaching standards. (Read at The New York Times)

“We’re not looking to go crazy. This is super important: I’m not privatizing education. It’s not New Orleans all over again.… But what I do think is fair for kids is to give them more options.” — Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s education secretary, on a plan to revitalize the island’s school system in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (Read at

“I think it’s probably better than the status quo, which is in essence incoherent curricula in most places. But then again, I completely recognize that what I’m describing is probably exactly what was said about teacher evaluation in 2007 … and also Common Core.” — Morgan Polikoff, professor at the University of Southern California, on a plan by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to change K-12 curricula. (Read at Chalkbeat)*

Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting at the school that killed and injured multiple people on Feb. 14, 2018. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“I visualized what it would look like, and it made me sick. Could I empty out the cabinet and throw out the shelves and put kids in the cabinets? Is my better chance just barricading the doors? Can I move furniture that fast? Do I ask my kids to help me?” — Catherine Collett, a sixth-grade teacher in Northern Virginia, on mentally preparing for a school shooting. (Read at The New York Times)

Stephanie Andrewlevich (Photo credit: ABC News video screenshot)

“I wanted to challenge them to be what their families see in them, what we know they are. They have a choice — to become the violence they see in their day-to-day lives, or to be peaceful models for our school and our community.” — Stephanie Andrewlevich, principal of Philadelphia’s Mitchell Elementary School, who is offering students $100 if they can make it to graduation without fighting. (Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer)

*Disclosure: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports The 74.

For a roundup of the day’s top education headlines from America’s 15 largest school districts, go to EduClips.

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