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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 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 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 Feb. 15, 2017

DeVos and the ‘Third Way’ Opportunity for Democratic Education Reformers

Democratic education reformers, like many parents throughout the country, passionately believe that our public education system is struggling and needs to get better. But the…

By Matthew Frankel

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017

I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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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 Dec. 8, 2016

Newark Is Full Of Kids With Potential But Our Schools Must Make It Happen

Not enough kids from cities like mine, Newark, go to college. But here’s the even bigger problem—still fewer young people from cities like mine finish…

By Justin Oglesby

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Posted Oct. 21, 2016

I Walked My Daughter to School and Here’s What I Learned Along the Way

Recently I joined hundreds of fathers and male mentors at my daughter’s school for their annual “Dads Walk Your Child to School Day.” As I…

By Dexter Williams

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

I Support Public Charter Schools, But Not This One

Montclair is a beautiful community in New Jersey, but it is not perfect. For a town that is anchored in diversity, its education system is…

By Matthew Frankel

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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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