Neerav Kingsland

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Senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund

New Orleans, Louisiana

Neerav Kingsland is the senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund. He has been an advocate for education in the New Orleans area since he moved there at age 18 to attend Tulane University. He was part of the founding team, and eventually became CEO, of New Schools for New Orleans. In this role, he helped build the nation’s first school system where over 90 percent of students attend charter schools. As a result of this structural transition, New Orleans students are achieving at the highest levels in decades. A recent study found these reforms to have achieved a .2-.4 effect size, an effect previously unseen in city-based reform. Yet, despite this growth, the school system is far from excellent.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Smarter? Here’s My Guess.

If you just read the headlines, you might suspect that Chicago Public Schools is in a terrible tailspin. Part of this…

By Neerav Kingsland

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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