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Searching for answers to segregation, Fariña enlists top deputy and solicits local ideas

In an interview, the chancellor described new efforts to promote school diversity. This summer, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña started a new ritual: Every third Saturday of the month, she sits down with a top deputy and spends a couple hours talking about school diversity. “How are we going to get it done? What are some […]

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Ravitch Takes Aim at the Marketplace Reformers

Diane Ravitch takes critical aim at American education reform in The Death and Life of the Great American School System (2010), evaluating the effectiveness of standardized testing, choice, and charter schools. The book hinges on her “wrenching transformation” from advocate to critic of testing, accountability, and choice-based reforms. For years surrounded by conservative thinkers, and, […]

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Josh Penafiel hopes to graduate this summer.

Before and After Aspirations: The Legacy of a School Closing

Josh Penafiel dropped out of his East New York high school after it was closed by the New York City Department of Education several years ago. Now he’s trying to get his diploma, but time is running out.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: An Interview with 17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal is the 17-year-old author of 2012’s One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, a book that takes an exhaustive look at the U.S. school system and gives suggestions on how to transform it.

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New York Becomes First State to Drop GED

This week, New York became the first state to opt out of the GED, the most widely used high-school equivalency test in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Department of Education said it has offered an $8.4 million, three-year contract to McGraw-Hill Companies to develop a new exam that will replace the GED. […]

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Advocates Launch Group Aimed To Monitor Education Reform

Diane Ravitch, an education historian and vocal critic of recent education policy trends, has launched a new advocacy group that will endorse political candidates committed to safeguarding schools from “privatization,” Education Week reported. The group, called the Network for Public Education, will also donate funds to political candidates whose agendas reject education policy measures like […]

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Philadelphia Officials Approve Closure of 23 Schools

Philadelphia officials approved plans to close 23 schools on Thursday in a bid to cut the city’s budget deficit and eliminate underused schools, reported the New York Times.  The widely-opposed vote drew 500 protesters, who gathered outside the Philadelphia School District’s headquarters and blocked major roads in the city. The closures will affect students in […]

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Q & A with a Joel Klein Advisor: Keeping America Safe One Reform at a Time

The failure of the country’s public education is causing a national security threat, says Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein. (AP Photo/Pool, Susana Bates)

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