Justin Cohen

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

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

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

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

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 Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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