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 July 9, 2019
African American mother in park with her daughter.

Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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