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Exploding America’s myth that education is the anecdote to poverty

Matt Bruenig writes for Salon that “fixation on education as a solution to poverty, inequality or any other distributional problem is totally wrongheaded.”

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Test-driving the Future at P-TECH

The state and federal governments are pouring millions into expanding early college high schools like Brooklyn’s P-TECH which hasn’t even graduated its first class. They’re pinning their hopes on the success of a small cadre of student trailblazers.

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Conversing with “All God’s Children” Author Fox Butterfield

Nearly 20 years after its publication, author Fox Butterfield talks about the challenges of writing “All God’s Children,” the anatomy of New York’s juvenile justice system told through the history of Willie Bosket’s family.

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City finds homes for 3 displaced charter schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio has made good on his pledge to find new homes for three Success Academy charter schools he blocked in February from co-locating with existing public schools.

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Concerns grow over education reform camp planned for Lake Placid

Some parents and teachers are complaining they’re being shut out of attending an upcoming conference on education reform. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is listed as the honorary sponsor of “Camp Philos, a philosopher’s camp on education reform,” planned for May 4-6 in Lake Placid. The event is being put on by Education Reform Now, a Washington, […]

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Postmortem continues on demise of ed software giant inBloom

Proponents and critics of inBloom, an educational-software company that collected student data, continue to offer reasons for last week’s announcement that it is closing. The company, funded by a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York has been at the center of the debate over […]

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Teachers and Public Policy

Once, talk about schools and education policy in the U.S. took place in local classrooms and school board meetings. Today, state and federal spending plans set the agenda for district policies, rattling the education landscape and jolting the teaching profession. In the last decade, teachers have been center stage, or some say center target, in […]

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Clown Turned Teacher Finds He Needs a New Bag of Tricks

A neatly trimmed beard and pocket full of pens and pencils are now the workday toolkit for Dan Berkley, a former circus clown turned physics teacher thanks to the NYC Teaching Fellows program.

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Cuomo Wants To Fund Quality Pre-K the Fair Way

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is giving the new mayor of New York City an elementary lesson in state politics: a governor with a 61-percent approval rating trumps a 41-percent election win any day, especially when the governor is Cuomo. When the policy in dispute is about how to fund pre-kindergarten for all children, Cuomo holds all […]

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