Posts tagged with: Charter Schools

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to an American public that’s choice-friendly, but voucher-skeptical. Which makes it hard to fathom why she would choose to throw stones...

Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

By Laura Waters Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As executive director of Newark, New Jersey’s PC2E, he is committed to fostering...

Coffee Break: Richard Kahlenberg on Knocking Down School District Walls That Separate Kids by Race and Class

By Peter Cunningham Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places where families of all economic backgrounds come together. A senior fellow at The Century Foundation, he is...

On the Wire…Week of February 20

Welcome to On the Wire, our weekly roundup of city-ed stories: Schools Stand Up for Transgender Students (Politico.com) After Trump revoked federal guidelines on transgender student rights, states and school districts are taking measures to uphold their students’ rights. “All...

On the Wire… Week of February 13

On the Wire… Welcome to On the Wire, our weekly roundup of city-ed stories you may have missed. Governors, State Lawmakers Roll Out School Choice Proposals (Education Week) Governors and lawmakers across the country prepare to propose new legislation that pushes...

A Liberal’s Confession on Vouchers

As a dyed-in-the-wool liberal and as someone who worked in city school districts for a long time, I have a confession to make: I’m not against vouchers. I’m not entirely for them, either. But I am open-minded. I’m somewhere in...

On the Wire… Week of January 23

On the Wire… It’s Friday, which means another roundup of some interesting city-ed stories from the week. Newark Looks Ahead to Return of Local Control (NJ.com) After the state of New Jersey took control of the school system under the Quality Single Accountability...

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Sonia Wang on How Community Context Makes a Difference in the Classroom

By Katelyn Silva Sonia Wang is an educator on the South Side of Chicago who began as a literacy and writing teacher at a district elementary school. She is now a new principal at the University of Chicago Charter School...

This Fifth-Grade Teacher Has Some Questions for Betsy DeVos

By Caroline Corcoran Despite my middling efforts, I was not invited to question Betsy DeVos ahead of her confirmation hearing as secretary of education—it certainly would have been nice to be invited. Alas, the hearing was on a school day, so...

On the Wire…

Happy 2017! Here’s hoping everyone had a chance to unplug and relax with family and friends over the holiday break. Here’s a quick roundup of news and interesting stories that happened over the break. Camden Student Marches into Ivy League...