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Posted Oct. 28, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio fields questions while visiting a 12th grade English class at Boys and Girls High School, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. De Blasio later announced that Aimee Horowitz will become the new Renewal Schools leader, responsible to bringing progress to 94 struggling city schools, citing Boys and Girls H.S. for its turnaround. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor,…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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Coffee Break: Meredith Anderson on Teacher Diversity, Empowering Young Women and ‘Ubuntu’

Meredith Anderson is principal of Excellence Girls Middle Academy, one of 49 schools in the Uncommon Schools network. She has…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 23, 2016
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This XQ Super School in Brooklyn Is Providing a Compass to the Future

The Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School is one of 10 winners of the Super School Project, a competition to reinvent public…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016
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The Key to Charter School Success Is Collaboration With District Schools

The dominant theme of Richard Whitmire’s book The Founders is that the top quintile of public charter school operators are…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 12, 2016
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The Man Most Responsible for Charter School Growth in New York City

Richard Whitmire’s new book, The Founders, delves into the nation’s top 20 percent of charter operators and analyzes how these…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016
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In Newark, They’re Not So Quick to Knock Zuckerberg’s Gift

On Tuesday, Checker Finn, president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and self-described “aging education reformer,” penned an open…

By Laura Waters

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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…

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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