Sarah Lahm lives in Minneapolis, and works as a freelance journalist, specializing in tracking education reform and its impact on parents, teachers, students, and staff of the Minneapolis Public Schools. She also writes travelogues (picture four kids, a wolf dog, and two harried adults on a green school bus) and has a background in teaching English to students from around the world. She loves tips, story ideas, and even a positive sign or two, so drop her a line.
In These Times: “If Education Reformers Are Concerned About a Teacher Shortage, Then Why Are They Attacking Teachers?” (May 2016)
Depending on who you listen to, Minnesota’s public school teachers are either too hard to get rid of or too hard to find, hire and keep around. Thanks to two recent developments—first, a state report on teacher supply and demand, and second, a very public lawsuit aimed at challenging the state’s teacher tenure laws—this is the contradictory place Minnesota now finds itself in.
The Progressive: “One Neighborhood School’s Struggles in the Era of ‘Choice‘” (May 2016)
The crowd inside St. Paul’s Galtier Community School on a recent Thursday night looked like a Hollywood casting agent’s dream—if that agent was trying to find actors cut from every swath of American life. Mingling on the carpeted steps of the school’s airy central meeting space were women in colorful hijab, babies sleeping on laps, men in dress shirts, young parents in jeans and Galtier t-shirts, and teachers, their blue work lanyards still circling their necks.
The Progressive: “School Austerity Measures Come to the Suburbs” (May 2016)
Now this movement has extended its reach beyond the city and into areas once thought to have better schools—or, at least, wealthier parents and better protection from invasive, outside education reform groups. And, as parents and community members are figuring out, one group in particular seems to be leading this invasion: the Boston-based District Management Council.
The Progressive: “Cashing In On Special-Needs Kids” (October 2015)
City Pages: “Why the Minneapolis Schools are better than you think” (July 22, 2015)
The Progressive: “The Secret Group that Wants to Take Over Your School” (June 2015)
In These Times: “Billionaire-Backed Group Spends Unprecedented $290K in Minneapolis School Board Race” (October 31, 2014)
AM 1130, Minneapolis, August 4, 2015, “Up & At Em” show
- Appeared on the show’s “Ask a Liberal” segment to answer calls and discuss my August 1, 2015 “Boston Boondoggle for MPS?” blog post
AM 1130, Minneapolis, July 28, 2015, “Up & At ‘Em” show
- Invited on to discuss my City Pages article, “Why the Minneapolis Schools are better than you think“
Education Town Hall, Washington D.C., June 4, 2015, “We Act Radio”
- Invited on to discuss my Progressive article, “The Secret Group that Wants to Take Over Your School“
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