Category Archives: Education

Why The New York Times Is Wrong, and the NAACP Right, in the Question of A Moratorium on Charters

This weekend, the NAACP is expected to vote on a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter schools at a meeting in Cincinnati. This week, too, The New York Times, in an editorial, called on the board of the NAACP … Continue reading

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Back to the Future in the Bay State: Why Brockton May Have A Case for A New School-Funding Lawsuit

Brockton, a down-at-the-heels Massachusetts town, has been a bell weather of education reform for more than a quarter of a century, ever since it spearheaded a class-action lawsuit charging inequitable school funding, which served as a catalyst for the state’s … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Brockton’s Charter Fiasco Continues As Controversial School Prepares to Leave Town

After multiple construction snafus that kept a controversial charter school from opening in Brockton, MA, the commissioner of Massachusetts public schools granted conditional approval yesterday for the school to temporarily move to a site in Norwood, 22 miles away from … Continue reading

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Brockton’s Charter Fiasco Continues As Controversial School Prepares to Leave Town

A controversial charter school that was approved for Brockton, MA against overwhelming local opposition is now preparing to leave Brockton. The New Heights Charter School is now awaiting approval from Mitchell Chester, the commissioner of Massachusetts public schools, to move … Continue reading

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In the Age of De Blasio, A Bloomberg Era Small School Reunion

In July, I found myself back in the East Harlem cafeteria shared by Global Technology Preparatory and P.S. 7. The occasion for my visit was a reunion of Global Tech’s first class of eighth-graders, who were now, four years after … Continue reading

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Another Snafu At Controversial Bay State Charter

For the second time this month, construction has stopped on the controversial New Heights Charter School in Brockton, MA. Yesterday, the city of Brockton slapped a bright orange “stop work violation” order on the outside of the school’s new location … Continue reading

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Bay State Charter Campaign Gets A Black Eye in Brockton: New Heights Charter Unlikely to Open on Main St.

The controversial New Heights Charter School won’t be moving into the space above the tuxedo-rental store and shuttered bridal shop on Main St., in downtown Brockton, MA., this September. “They are not moving in; not coming into this building,” says … Continue reading

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