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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 Oct. 28, 2016

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor, a reporter asked him what…

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 July 20, 2016

A New Day in Newark: Ed Next Takes a Look at the New Supe

In the new edition of EducationNext, Richard Lee Colvin drills down on the last few tumultuous years in Newark, New Jersey’s largest and most politically-contentious…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 3, 2015

Next Steps in Newark: Superintendent Chris Cerf Responds to Dale Russakoff’s ‘The Prize’

Last week, Education Post ran an interview with Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf talking about ongoing efforts to improve public education in New Jersey’s largest city.…

By Chris Cerf

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Next Steps in Newark: An Interview With Superintendent Chris Cerf

Newark Public Schools Superintendent Chris Cerf recently conducted a phone interview to discuss ongoing efforts to improve education in New Jersey’s largest city. This is…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 26, 2015

The Best Hope for Teacher Unions Is…Reform

America’s teachers unions probably will not put reform leaders like Newark’s Chris Cerf, Philadelphia’s William Hite, D.C’s Kaya Henderson or Denver’s Tom Boasberg at the…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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