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Posted July 21, 2016
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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

Richard Whitmire in The 74 considers “a relatively simple question that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot in November: Should…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 20, 2016
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A New Day in Newark: Ed Next Takes a Look at the New Supe

In the new edition of EducationNext, Richard Lee Colvin drills down on the last few tumultuous years in Newark, New…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 19, 2016
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I’m Proud Not to Support Trump, But I Wish I Could Be More Proud to Be a Democrat

I found myself flipping back and forth between schadenfreude and disgust at last night’s Republican National Convention circus. Chachi, some…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 7, 2016
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How Students of Color Get Locked Out of Opportunity in This District

Today EdBuild shines a bright light on school funding inequities with the release of its second report in a series…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 1, 2016
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Can We Really Give a High School a ‘Fair’ Grade If Only 5% of Students Are Ready for College?

Many New York City parents are familiar with the “renewal school” program which, according to the Department of Education, represents…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks and answers questions at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, July 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Christie, whose name has been mentioned among possible GOP vice presidential choices, talked about his self-described "New Jersey Comback," and a fiscal record "...including three balanced budgets, a two-percent hard cap on property taxes and landmark pension and health benefits reform."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Why Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘Fairness Formula’ Is Anything But Fair

When Chris Christie announced his state school aid “Fairness Formula” last week—one that would flat-fund state aid to all students,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 20, 2016
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio holds a press conference to announce members of his senior leadership team on December 4, 2013 in New York City. The de Blasio administration is due to take office on January 1.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

How Mayor de Blasio Can Regain New York City’s Trust

Early Saturday morning the New York State Legislature passed a bill that falls far short of the mayor’s political and…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 17, 2016
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Haters Will Hate, But These 6 Success Academy Kids Aced the Test

There’s some remarkable news out of New York City today: The Daily News reports that six eighth-graders who attend Eva…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 7, 2016
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You Can’t Talk About Education Reform Without Talking About Social Justice

In the bubble of the education reform world, everyone is (still) talking about Robert Pondiscio’s essay, The Left’s Drive to Push…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 29, 2016
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Research Says: Yes, #OptOutSoWhite

In Opt Out: An Examination of Issues, a peer-reviewed paper that is part of Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Research Report Series, Randy…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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