Category Archives: Education

Back to the Future in the Bay State: Brockton’s New School-Funding Lawsuit May Be Imminent

Twenty-five years ago, the Brockton school district prevailed in a lawsuit that served as a key catalyst for the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, which radically changed the state’s approach to school funding and turned the Bay State into … Continue reading

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More Breathless Praise for Success Academy; And Why We Should Be “Terrified”

This week both The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among several other publications, ran prominent stories on Success Academy, the controversial New York City charter-school network. In particular, Elizabeth Green’s piece about Success Academy and its founder, Eva Moskowitz, aims … Continue reading

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Record Fine for Campaign-Finance Violation Sheds Light on Dark Money Donors to Bay State Charter Referendum

When the biggest backer of Massachusetts’s recent ballot initiative, which would have effectively eliminated the cap on charter schools, was slapped, this month, with a $426,466 fine for violating campaign finance laws—the biggest such violation in state history—the legal settlement … Continue reading

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Why Vote? Midwifing the Youth Vote in the Age of Trump

Last week, Brad Lander, a New York City councilman from Brooklyn, and founder of the City Council’s progressive caucus, stood before 50-or-so young people and talked about the push to close Rikers Island, the city’s dysfunctional jail; the challenges of … Continue reading

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Are New Orleans’ Veteran Teachers Unappreciated?

  Veteran New Orleans teachers say there is much that has improved in the city’s schools since Hurricane Katrina, including academics and strong school cultures. One thing that has decidedly not improved is job satisfaction among the city’s most experienced … Continue reading

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