Dmitri Mehlhorn

Posted May 20, 2016

Let’s Stop Debating and Make Sure That Low-Income Students Get Equitable Funding

A couple of weeks ago, we published a piece on Money and Schools from blogger Dmitri Melhorn, below Ben Spielberg has written a response to criticisms…

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Posted May 4, 2016

Money and Schools: Debating Ben Spielberg 50 Years After the Coleman Report

Is “more money” a vital education policy, when compared with other possible changes? Should taxpayers allocate significantly more money to existing K-12 public schools, without demanding structural reforms? On average, if existing K-12 public schools had more money, would students obtain significant or sustainable benefits? Increasingly, conventional wisdom answers “yes:” many say that money alone, even without reform, helps students.…

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Posted Mar. 16, 2016

We Needed an Academy Awards for Our Teachers and the Global Teacher Prize Is Doing Just That

In a July 2015 skit for Comedy Central, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, of “Key & Peele,” pretend to be anchors for the fictional channel…

By Dmitri Mehlhorn

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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

Dmitri Mehlhorn: Can America’s Courts Deliver Better Schools for Disadvantaged Students?

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, has written a piece at The 74 about what a victory for the Friedrichs plaintiffs could mean for Education in 2016 and he asks the question, "can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students?" Despite their limited impact, enlightened rulings over the past century have laid useful foundations. The question is whether the current Supreme Court will build upon such…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Getting Past False Dichotomies: Newark’s Public School Students are Beating the Odds

Political discussions are often infected with false dichotomies, and the pros and cons of charter schools are not immune from this virus. Some charter advocates…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 26, 2015

Mehlhorn Takes on Jersey Jazzman on Why Policies That Block Charter Growth and Limit Choice are Wrong

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Democratic donor, activist, and investor, is in in the midst of a multi part debate on charter schools with anti reform blogger Mark Weber, aka Jersey Jazzman, who has been gracious enough to host the back and forth on his blog. Mehlhorn makes a strong case against policies that block charter growth and limit parents' choices, policies that Jersey Jazzman supports. Let’s be blunt: policies that block charter growth in urban…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 8, 2015

Fact Check: Reforms Favored by John King Don’t Cause Teacher Shortages

When President Barack Obama tapped former New York Education Commissioner John King to replace Arne Duncan as secretary of education, teachers union officials and their…

By Dmitri Mehlhorn

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Posted Sep. 22, 2015

Let’s Get Real About Civility in the Education Debate

Civility in education politics is a bit like pacifism in international relations. It’s a worthy goal, but it can be exploited to serve the interests…

By Dmitri Mehlhorn

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Posted Nov. 18, 2014

Teachers, How Do You Want Your Bureaucracy?

Editor’s Note: Education Post believes that open, honest dialogue among people who don’t always agree is a needed step toward finding solutions to our educational…

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

We Can Support Our Teachers and Still Call B.S. on This Chicago Strike

You know what? It’s a real shame that people can’t seem to separate politics from public service. Because if one more person comes on one…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of families and students,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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