Top Prize for Article on Graduates of No Excuses Schools in College

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Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.

The article, ‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College: Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?, won for best stand-alone feature by an education organization or expert.

Robert Pondiscio is the executive director of CitizenshipFirst, a civic education initiative based at Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public Schools. He is also a former fifth-grade teacher.

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What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

By 04/09/2014 2 Comments

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”

The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

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Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.

The Pension IOU

By 04/08/2014 0 Comments

Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.

Behind the Headline: America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

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Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.

What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

By 04/07/2014 0 Comments

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?

Recent Edu-Reads, For Your Perusing Pleasure

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School boards, charter schools, and more

Behind the Headline: School District Weighs School Choice Program to Fight Declining Enrollment

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In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.

Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies

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In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.

Behind the Headline: Can Free College Save American Cities?

By 04/04/2014 0 Comments

In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

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