Newark Public Schools

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 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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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 Dec. 13, 2016

Even Critics Have to Acknowledge When Charter Schools Are Working

I am typically a fierce critic of Professor Bruce Baker but recently I found myself in the delightful position of praising his scholarship. Not all…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

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 remarkably open to collaboration with…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016

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 letter to Mark Zuckerberg and…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 29, 2016

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, regardless of economic status, at…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

This Mom Isn’t Wavering in Her Support of Newark Public Schools

I love Newark. I love Newark’s public schools. My loyalties run very deep for our great city and for our public education system. It has…

By Kim Gaddy

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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 Dec. 14, 2015

School Choice Is the Most Powerful Tool We Can Provide for Newark Students

We are approaching a turning point in the history of the United States and have an opportunity to shift the paradigm and make America a…

By Rashon K. Hasan

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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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