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New CREDO Study, New Credibility Problems: from New Orleans to Boston

Last month, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released a new study on urban charter schools, which purports to show, for the first time, that charters outperform city public schools, at least on standardized-test scores. If true, … Continue reading

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Round Two In the Bay State’s Battle Over the Common Core

One of the big mysteries of the education-reform movement is why Massachusetts, the gold-standard of American education, jettisoned its highly successful education standards for the untested Common Core State Standards. One reason was a much-needed, post-recession cash infusion via Race … Continue reading

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Diane Ravitch on the Uses and Abuses of Data in Education Reform

I’m delighted to announce that education historian Diane Ravitch will be joining me and Errol Louis, director of the Urban Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism,  next week to discuss the crisis in education reform. Dr Ravitch, … Continue reading

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Lessons for Education Reformers from W. Edwards Deming, America’s Leading Management Thinker

When I returned from speaking at the annual conference of the Deming Institute in Los Angeles last month, the education sites were abuzz about a new Time magazine cover trumpeting “Bad Apples”, the latest example of what has become a … Continue reading

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A Demographic Divide In Harlem: The Neediest Kids Go to Public Schools, Not Charters

Last month I published an OpEd in The New York Times, “Charter School Refugees,” which asked: “Is there a point at which fostering charter schools undermines traditional public schools and the children they serve?” The OpEd looked at Harlem, where … Continue reading

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The Emotional Life of Children: Reflections Of A New York City Educator

Jeanne Rotunda recently retired as the principal of West Side Collaborative MS250, a respected, innovative middle school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Here are some of her reflections on what it means to be a public school educator. … Continue reading

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Grandmothers as Global Change Agents: How India’s Barefoot College Seeks to Transform the World’s Poorest Villages

Bunker Roy, the founder of India’s Barefoot College, likes to say that he got the best education in the world and it almost destroyed him. But instead of becoming a doctor or an engineer as his parents expected, he moved … Continue reading

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