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Posted Nov. 9, 2017

The Votes Are In: New Jersey’s Teachers Union Really Blew It

The leaders of New Jersey’s primary teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), have egg on their faces. In a triumph of vindictiveness over…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 28, 2017

When We Look Closer at the Results in Newark, the Arrow Is Unquestionably Pointed Up

Neerav Kingsland, in my estimation, is one of the premier thinkers (and doers) in the field. His notion of “relinquishment” as an organizing strategy for…

By Chris Cerf

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Posted July 28, 2017

First-Generation, Low Income Student Receives Full Ride to Princeton

Faith Iloka grew up in a single-parent, low-income home in Trenton, New Jersey. Despite her circumstances, she never let it determine her fate. Iloka, who…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted July 5, 2017

It’s Going to Be a Lot Harder to Shade Newark Public Schools With These Graduation Rates

It’s easy to be skeptical about improvements to Newark Public Schools (NPS), given its sordid history of corruption, desultory oversight, and—most critically—poor student outcomes. But…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 13, 2017

Jared’s Got Something Special and KIPP’s ‘Pathways’ Is Helping Him Show It

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher,…

By Laura Waters

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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. 21, 2017

I’m Only 17 and I’ve Got So Much More to Do

With a name like Quincy Jones, I am destined to be successful. It is a name that will never be forgotten and a name that I plan on putting to good use.…

By Quincy Jones

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Posted Apr. 5, 2017

WATCH: This New Jersey Teen Was Just Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

17-year-old Ifeoma White-Thorpe has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools and Stanford. “Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Stanford,” said…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

Charter-District Collaboration: Necessity, Not a Nicety

In an excellent turn of phrase, the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), released a report on collaboration between public charter schools and traditional school…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017

Let’s Avoid “Alternative Facts” When We Talk About School Choice and Charter Schools

Over the weekend, Americans were introduced to a new meme: “alternative facts,” Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s awkward rationalization of the president’s reality-challenged worldview. Well, it…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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