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.…

By Dmitri Mehlhorn

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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 May 27, 2020

George Floyd’s Death Was Murder, Plain and Simple

As part of my job as an educator, I have, at times, had to restrain teenagers. I was trained to do so. It is my…

By Derek Davidson

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Posted May 29, 2020

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression

This week began with a hike in the woods for my family and me in the Shenandoah Valley State Park. Pre COVID-19, our outings consisted…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 28, 2020

Without Internet Access, Our Most Vulnerable Children Are Locked Outside the Digital Schoolhouse Door

Philadelphia’s problem is America’s problem. If you want to go to school, see a doctor, apply for a job, enroll in training or receive government…

By Dirk Tillotson

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