Justin Cohen

Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Richard Whitmire’s ‘The Founders’ Is Turning Myths on Their Heads

Richard Whitmire’s new book, “The Founders,” offers a virtual tour through the moves, machinations and mindsets that led to the growth of a particular flavor…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted June 27, 2016

The Unwhitening of America Is Upon Us, and Our Public Schools Are Proof

As the country’s political pundits reach for euphemistic ways to describe Donald Trump and his supporters’ primal screaming, Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central’s…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted May 3, 2016

Why You Should Care About a Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been the cradle of innovation and success for American public schools. The country’s first public schools were in the…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Jan. 19, 2016

If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck … Who Cares What It’s Called?

Justin Cohen, an education writer currently working on his first book, highlights the political silliness around what to call K-12 school standards. As Republicans run from the now toxic 'Common Core' brand,  he points out that states who claim to have "eliminated" Common Core have actually not done much more than change the name. Additionally, Cohen questions the wisdom of states burdening taxpayers to make a politically expedient change…

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Justin Cohen: Legislators in Maine Should Know Better

Justin Cohen, an education writer working on his first book, takes issue with recent claims by a State legislator in Maine that Common Core somehow violates principles of education from 1776. It might be fun to wave American flags and declare fealty to the ways of old, but no serious analysis of this country or its history suggests that rigorous, internationally competitive standards are against the principles of this…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2015

Black Like Them: Why a ‘Surge’ of Color Could Change the Face of Ed Reform

Last year, I substituted a couple of times in a third-grade class that had two little black girls in it amid mostly Latino and a…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

SFER’s Knight Tells Justin Cohen How to Make Reform Stick

Justin Cohen, an education writer working on his first book, shares the first part of an interview he did with Jeremy Knight of Students For Education Reform (SFER). Jeremy breaks from what Cohen calls "reform orthdoxy" based on his own personal experiences and explains the importance of organizing communities for the long term instead of the short term. If reform is happening to a community, and not with a community, nine times out of 10 it…

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015

Here’s the Thing About School Closings

Jelani Cobb has a piece in this week’s New Yorker about his own Queens high school, which just closed to make way for more small…

By Justin Cohen

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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