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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Coffee Break: Why Mark Rynone Left Corporate to Help Kids With Special Needs

Mark Rynone considers his passion for education as an outgrowth of family values. After all, his mother, brother and a handful of other relatives work…

By Laura Waters

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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 Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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