Richard Whitmire

Posted Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 6, 2016

How Chicago’s Noble Network Pioneered High School Innovation at Scale

If you set foot on campus at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Land of Lincoln’s flagship four-year school, 1 of every 5 Black…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school is boring.” And judging from…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Local Education Philanthropy: The Story No One is Talking About

Our understanding of philanthropy is faulty. Judging by news stories, commentaries, and blogs, one would assume the billion-dollar foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and…

By Caroline Bermudez

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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 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 Sep. 12, 2016

The Man Most Responsible for Charter School Growth in New York City

Richard Whitmire’s new book, The Founders, delves into the nation’s top 20 percent of charter operators and analyzes how these “game changers” are reinventing American…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 21, 2016

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Charter School Cap in Massachusetts

Richard Whitmire in The 74 considers “a relatively simple question that will appear on the Massachusetts ballot in November: Should the state lift the cap…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 21, 2016

All Over the Cap: The Fight for the Future of Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

In early October technicians working the master controls at local TV stations across Massachusetts will unleash a torrent of education issue ads—the first shots fired…

By Richard Whitmire

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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 26, 2020

I’m a Black Woman on My Way to Becoming a Doctor Because I Never Gave Up

I grew up believing that excellence is not an option, but rather an obligation.  I breezed through high school. I didn’t have to study hard…

By Oluwaseun Adebagbo

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Posted May 27, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on First-Generation College Students Is Complicated

As a nonprofit leader and educator who works with college students of African descent, I am intimately aware of how challenging getting through college can…

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