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…

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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,…

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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 Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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