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A class at LEAP Academy Early Childhood School at KIPP DC, a network of high-performing, public charter schools in Washington.

5 Things We Learned in D.C. About How to Advance Charter Schools

The rise of white progressive politics in the city, in combination with a somewhat re-energized union movement, has left our schools fighting attacks on multiple fronts.

Combination of Limited College Admission Testing and “Test-Optional” Policies Set off a Scramble

The Covid-era mix is shaping up as a worst-case scenario from an equity perspective.

Costs of Past and Future Learning Losses

For the United States, the already accrued learning losses are expected to amount to $14.2 trillion, and would grow if schools are unable to restart quickly.

When it Comes to School Funds, Hold-Harmless Provisions Aren’t “Harmless”

Funding crunch is a chance to revise, remove arcane, inequitable grandfather clauses
Senator Tim Scott speaking at a podium

At National Convention, Republicans Push School Choice

“When a parent has a choice, their kid has a better chance,” Senator Tim Scott Says
A parent learns about KIPP New Orleans Schools during the annual New Orleans Schools Expo

What Charter School City Actually Says

Why Jay Greene’s critique of my book about education reform in New Orleans doesn’t hold up

To Broaden Evidence Use Beyond the Federal Law’s Requirements, Use Common Sense

Consider how the costs and benefits of one strategy compare to the alternatives
School Closed sign outside Churchill High School

Reopening Decisions Are Mostly a Matter of Trust

"Many low-income and working-class parents don’t trust their kids’ schools to keep them safe."
Maryland Governor Hogan

“School-Opening Extortion” Comes to Montgomery County, Maryland

"Teachers’ legitimate interest in risk-mitigation in the workplace does not extend to shutting down other people’s schools."

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