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Jennifer Berkshire is the creator of the blog EduShyster. Follow her on Twitter @EduShyster. And check out her podcast, Have You Heard.

Entries by Jennifer Berkshire

Holding Back to Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:24 PM

Researcher Joanne Golann says that no-excuses charters are teaching low-income students to defer to authority and hold back their opinions--the very skills they'll need to succeed in college and life.

Jennifer Berkshire: You're one of the first researchers to spend an extended period of time inside a no-excuses charter school....

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Podcast: How Does a 5-Year-Old Get Suspended 16 Times?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 1:02 PM

Have You Heard heads to Boston for a look at the controversial trend of kindergarten suspension. We go behind the data to bring you the story of a mother and a five-year-old boy who, in his first four months as a kindergartner, was suspended 16 times. Hard to imagine? His...

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TFA's Diversity Paradox

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 1:26 PM

TFA alum and scholar Terrenda White says that TFA's diversity gains have come at the expense of teachers of color, whose numbers have declined drastically in the very cities where the organization has expanded.

Jennifer Berkshire: You have a new paper out examining TFA's initiative to become more diverse....

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Study: Time to End the Broken Windows Approach to School Discipline

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 12:17 PM

The author of a new study on charter schools, civil rights and suspensions, says its time for charters to abandon the "broken windows" approach to discipline.

Jennifer Berkshire: Your new study on charter schools, civil rights and discipline hones right in on what seems like, um, kind of...

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Guinea Pigs in an Urban Laboratory

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 5:00 PM

I talk to Carla Shedd about her new book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice in Chicago.

Jennifer Berkshire: I want to start by giving everyone a moment to order your amazing new book, Unequal City. Waiting...Waiting... OK. Here we go. You did something highly unusual...

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Hubris

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:31 PM

An interview with Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize: Who's In Charge of America's Schools?

Jennifer Berkshire: As someone who spends a fair amount of time poking around in the smoldering wreckage of urban public education, I often get the sense that education reform advocates don't have a plan for...

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Education Reform in New Orleans Fails the Biggest Test

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:19 PM

The goal of education reform is to empower locals to lead, says Andre Perry. And the massive reform effort in New Orleans has failed that test.

Jennifer Berkshire: You were involved in the education reform experiment in New Orleans from its inception. But you've become increasingly critical of the direction...

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Burning the Village to Save It

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Jorge Cabrera spent three years working as a community organizer for an education reform group in Bridgeport, CT. Now Cabrera is speaking out about a movement that he says is obsessed with charter schools, averse to real debate and in thrall to Ivy League leaders -- even if they've never...

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New Orleans: Miracle or Mirage

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:46 PM

This summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But it also marks the start of an ambitious -- many would say audacious -- effort to break up New Orleans' long-beleaguered public school system and replace it with a *market-based* system in which charter schools compete for customers,...

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Let Them Eat Charters

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Will Massachusetts reduce its public school system to crumbs?

The rich are different from you and me, reader. For one thing, they are rich, which means that when passion strikes they can forget, for a moment, their billable hours and labor for free. It's called pro bono, and it is...

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Karen Lewis on #BlackLivesMatter, Politics and Getting Back in the Mix

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:40 PM

In Karen Lewis' first full-length interview since illness forced her out of the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she talks about protests, politics and her little known career as as a stand-up comedian.

Berkshire: Chicago, like many cities, is seeing big protests over police brutality. I'm...

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Season of Protest

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Jesse Hagopian says protests against police and high-stakes testing have more in common than you might think...

Jennifer Berkshire: You happened to be in Boston recently giving a talk about the new uprising against high-stakes testing on the same night that thousands of people here were protesting police violence and...

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Bleak Friday

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Political economist Gordon Lafer offers some "Bleak Friday" predictions about the corporate agenda for public education...

Berkshire: Now I know Black Friday is usually thought of as a day for bargain hunters to mob Walmart stores and their minimum-wage-ish associates, but can I just point out that by swelling the...

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On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:39 PM

A new guide to charter messaging urges advocates to steer clear of corporate speak

Once every four minutes, a passionate charter advocate accidentally lapses into the kind of clinical corporate speak that can leave listeners cold -- not to mention kids out of the equation. Would that there were a...

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At National Charter Conference, the Numbers Add Up -- Except When They Don't

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:47 PM

"The numbers add up." That was the theme of this year's National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference in Las Vegas, an event that drew me like a moth to a high-performing flame. The numbers that are adding up, of course, refer to the growing number of charter schools, their...

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Everyone's a Winner! The Kids vs. Bad Teachers Lawsuit Hits the Road

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Well that certainly didn't take long. Just two weeks after California's kids celebrated their victory vs. bad teachers, the kids vs. tenure lawsuits are hitting the road. And that's great news, reader. Because just as the California case produced lots of winners that weren't exactly, ahem,...

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Welcome to New Orleans: America's Urban Education Laboratory

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Do you dream of being part of our nation's greatest experiment in urban education? I know I do -- which is why I was thrilled to be the recipient of a recent Google ad inviting me to Teach, Live and Love New Orleans. Welcome to NOLA, where you'll...

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The *Kids* Weren't the Only Big Winners in Vergara v. California Teacher Tenure Ruling

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Reader: barely had the verdict been announced in the landmark legal case Vergara vs. Lemons when the verdict was reached. The Vergara verdict represents a huge win for the kids. My own favorite verdict came swiftly from value investor Whitney Tilson who *stopped the presses* an...

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