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The Immoral Charter Cap Battle in Massachusetts

Peter Cunningham | Posted 09.28.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

The news that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has reversed her position on school choice and now opposes a ballot initiative to allow up to 12 ...

Children 'Conquering' The Unicycle, But Achieving Much More

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Dorian de Wind

Ode on a Unicycle Unicycle, unicycle, radiant and round. Spying you, you spoke to me without a single sound. Unicycle, unicycle, beautiful and kind...

Without Planning And Oversight, Charter Schools Hurt Neighborhood Schools

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Donald Cohen

All children deserve great, stable schools. When charter schools are allowed to open up shop with little consideration for other public schools and the surrounding community, all some children get is disruption.

Kipp Academy Embraced My Son and his Autism

Erika Sanzi | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Sanzi

This piece was written by Natasha Megie-Maddrey and originally ran at the blog Good School Hunting I have four children and as with all children, the...

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

Holding Back to Get Ahead

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Researcher Joanne Golann says that no-excuses charters are teaching low-income students to defer to authority and hold back their opinions--the very s...

Killing Ed: The Film That Texas Doesn't Want You to See

Anna Clark | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Anna Clark

A new documentary on the Gülen Movement, a mysterious Islamic group operating charter schools throughout the US, premieres today and runs through Mar...

Charter Schools: Problems and Solutions

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.18.2017 | Education
Paul Heroux

As a State Rep, I get a ton of emails about supporting and opposing raising the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts. One side contends that there should be more choice in public schools and the other side contends that charter schools take money away from traditional public schools.

Enough Already About Racism!! Racism Is a Thing of the Past

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"Racism is dead." "Too many black people are playing the race card." If that is indeed the case, please use the comment box to explain the following things to me.

It's Going to Be a Long, Hot Summer in America

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

America is a deeply divided nation. While the outcry against events in places like Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, Baltimore, and now McKinney, is loud and clear and a patchwork quilt of protest is growing (Black Lives Matter), a great many white people refuse to attribute any of it to racism.

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.

Reflecting on the First Decade of The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

Ten years ago we founded The Charles Bronfman Prize. The intent was to create an early recognition of endeavor, rather than a lifetime achievement award, as a way to amplify important work and make a difference in the careers of those working for social change.

Top Charter Networks Becoming District-Size

Richard Whitmire | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

By Richard Whitmire More than twenty years ago when charter schools first got launched in Minnesota no one envisioned that one day we would see chart...

Turn NYC Co-Located Charters Into Compacts?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

New York schools chancellor Carmen Fariña continues to unfold her big vision, which calls for more professional development, more arts, more guidance counselors, more best practices shared between schools -- and returning "joy" to the classroom.

The Time is Ripe for a Nonprofit Revolution

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Local government leaders can help to foster successful solutions in their communities by providing an environment that welcomes and encourages the contributions of nonprofit partners.

What I'm Thinking About, This Veterans Day

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

This country is worth fighting for. And every day, our teachers fight for our students' right to succeed and meet their potential. Each one of us must defend their right to an excellent education, and I'm honored to have so many dedicated veterans on board with that mission.

Charter Schools: Cure or Curse?

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Charter schools are not a cure-all. In general, their highly variable performance tends to mirror, and in some instance lags, that of public schools.

The PRIDE Class of 2020

Amanda Fernandez | Posted 11.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Amanda Fernandez

The school is in a worn out neighborhood in the city of Boston that looks like it's crying out for an infusion of energetic and educated children from the community who want to change it for the better. Inside the KIPP building, it's happening.

Will Common Core Force Charters to Go Back to Their Roots?

John Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | New York
John Thompson

Now is the time for charter advocates to go back to their roots and remember that schooling is an act of love - not a competition or a war on unions and educators who believe differently.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a... Teacher?

James Harrell | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
James Harrell

Teachers are not superheroes, caped crusaders, or some type of knight in shining armor. If we ever want to create sustainability in the education profession and create meaningful reform, America needs to start creating education policy for humans and stop chasing this superhero chimera.

An Open Letter to Wendy Kopp

Kate Casas | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

The work you have done to ensure that the network of brilliant people dedicated to improving outcomes for kids is deep and broad is an invaluable asset.

Los Angeles School First In KIPP Network To Embrace Blended Learning

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Ian Quillen | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education

LOS ANGELES -- The original blueprint for the KIPP Empower Academy read something like this: five teachers per grade; 100 students per grade; very few...

Tough On Kids

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

We're not sure. Although we agree that the destinies of young people are malleable, we worry as well about the difficulty of achieving the right balance in school between character education and academic preparation.

Celebrating 10 Years of Working Hard and Being Nice

Jennifer Davis | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Jennifer Davis

Attending the KIPP 10th Annual School Summit last week gave me the chance to reflect on my early work with KIPP, its intersection with my organization, the National Center on Time & Learning, and what the future holds for both.