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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Got Questions About Education Reform? I’ve Heard Them All.

As I travel around the country on a 24-city book tour, giving talks and meeting with education reform leaders and activists, I get a lot…

By David Osborne

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Posted June 2, 2017

The Woman Behind the Miracle on Cooper Street in Camden

Point A: A young girl born in Puerto Rico in 1962 spends her childhood traveling up and down the Eastern Coast from Florida to New…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017

District and Charter Schools Are Partnering to Help More Students Succeed and It’s Working

According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students Succeed, common enrollment systems—districts…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 17, 2016

Coffee Break: Camden’s Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard on Escaping Iran, Community and Hooping

The Camden City Schools in New Jersey are, on paper, a state-run school district. But if you visit the city, talk to families, or read…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 18, 2015

All Children Deserve Access to a Good School, Regardless of Their Zip Code

I am one of the lucky ones whose family had the financial means to choose a better school option for their children. But tens of…

By Michele Mason

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Posted Oct. 9, 2015

Hey Billionaires, If You Give Up on the System, You’re Giving Up on Kids

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal this week argues that philanthropists committed to improving education should give up on donating directly to public schools—Mark…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 23, 2015

Educational Equity Through Creative Solutions: What We Can Learn From a Little Bit of Improv

Across the country, arguments over how best to educate children have become so bitter people have compared them to a World War I battlefield and the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 24, 2015

Once Upon a Time…in Newark

There’s a new kind of fairy tale in the annals of those who denigrate efforts at education reform. It goes something like this: Beleaguered city…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 13, 2014

Schools in One of Nation’s Poorest Cities Makes Commitment to Community

Camden City Schools this week started laying the groundwork of its Camden Commitment—Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard’s strategic plan for improving schools in one of the nation’s…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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