Alexander Russo

Guest Blogger

Education Writer

New York City, New York

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who currently writes at his blog, The Grade and the national news site This Week In Education

He has created several long-running blogs such as District 299 (about Chicago schools) and LA School Report.

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Posted July 29, 2016

We Can’t Keep Ignoring the Suburbs and the Black People That Live in Them

L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy first came to my attention at this spring’s Education Writers Association (EWA) national conference in Boston, where he…

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Posted Apr. 5, 2016

How to Get Rid of Low Expectations for Students of Color? Anti-Bias Training Might Be the Answer

Kudos to the Seattle Times’ Claudio Rowe and NBC’s Sylvia Cunningham for their coverage of a recent Johns Hopkins study on…

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Posted Mar. 3, 2016

Just How White Is Education Journalism? Turns Out, Pretty White

In light of #OscarsSoWhite, I asked around a few education newsrooms to find out how things were going on the racial…

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Was There Too Much Coverage of Friedrichs? @SchoolLawBlog Says No

Mark Walsh is the only journalist that I know of who focuses on education-related Supreme Court cases, though his writing at EdWeek…

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Posted Aug. 14, 2015

EduTwitter Gives CNN a Harsh Homework Review

A recent CNN segment highlighting high homework burdens on American students came under fire on Twitter Wednesday. One of those critical…

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Posted Aug. 11, 2015

3 Key Moments in the Hartford Integration Episode of ‘This American Life’

There’s lots to admire about the latest This American Life episode focused on stealthy school integration efforts in Hartford, Connecticut. But…

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Posted July 1, 2015

How School Choice Can Become Ridiculous and What to Do About It

Last Wednesday, a Cincinnati parent who works at a startup software company posted Waiting For Kindergarten, the story of the 16 days…

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Posted June 24, 2015

Are Classroom Teachers Better at Scoring Standardized Tests?

Perhaps I’m reading the story wrong, but a quick look at the New York Times article on Common Core test scoring…

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Posted June 4, 2015

It’s Good When Education Reporters Share Their Own Experiences

It’s easy to forget or ignore that education writers and editors are themselves the products of their own individual education…

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Posted May 26, 2015

Washington Post: Whose Byline Is It Anyway?

It’s hard to beat Valerie Strauss’s blog, The Answer Sheet, over at The Washington Post when it comes to the…

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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