Justin Cohen

justincohen

Guest Blogger

Education Blogger

New York City, New York

Previously, Justin Cohen was president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, where he helped cities and states around the country rethink how we serve our most vulnerable children. Justin has also worked in the D.C. Public Schools and was on the education policy committee for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

He serves as board chairman for Students for Education Reform and has spent five years as academic committee chair for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools.

Justin writes about education policy on his blog where he tries to piece together the story of how our system became obsolete, why it fails too many children and families and what we can do to design a better way forward.

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016
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Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted June 27, 2016
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The Unwhitening of America Is Upon Us, and Our Public Schools Are Proof

As the country’s political pundits reach for euphemistic ways to describe Donald Trump and his supporters’ primal screaming, Larry Wilmore,…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted May 3, 2016
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Why You Should Care About a Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been the cradle of innovation and success for American public schools. The country’s first…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015
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The San Francisco Board of Education held a meeting to continue the one they started last weak on weather or not to vote on closing some of its schools. The meeting was held at Everett Middle School.
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Here’s the Thing About School Closings

Jelani Cobb has a piece in this week’s New Yorker about his own Queens high school, which just closed to…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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