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Charters were supposed to be laboratories for innovation. Instead, they are stunningly opaque.

Her charter schools get outstanding performance reports—which leave out some salient facts.

Booker and Zuckerberg

The city has a new mayor with a progressive mandate, but its schools are reeling from the market-based reforms Cory Booker introduced.

CTU Protest

Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in droves—and revealed how out of touch education reformers really are.

If pro-charter proposals in Washington State or Georgia pass this November, that will mark the first time charter schools have won at the ballot box.

The journalist blames teachers unions, not economic inequality, for students’ failure to achieve.

Student reading

As thirty-six states contemplate privatization measures, public schools are on the defensive.

The celebrated film tells a familiar story about unions and schools—but misses what's new.

In The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Diane Ravitch has found a new métier as a critic of neo-capitalist school reform.

Drastic changes in the educational system are leaving New Orleans's public schools behind.

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Students in Newark, New Jersey, walked out of class earlier this month in protest of the “One Newark” plan to privatize the district’s schools. A substitute teacher reflects on the action.

September 26, 2014

He’ll do to the country what he did to Newark’s schools, the governor promises.

August 1, 2014

“They’ve lost before they even walked into that room,” said a Brooklyn English teacher. “They’re already telling themselves, ‘I can’t,’ and they’re stressed. They want to throw up.”

May 21, 2014

The fact that Democrats did not rally around bids for better oversight indicates how murky the party’s education platform has grown.

May 9, 2014

On schools, housing and more, both pro and con want nuts and bolts.

April 9, 2014

A signature program and significant defeats for the freshman mayor in his first state budget.

March 31, 2014

The mayor drew chuckles at a press corps variety show, then laid out his rationale for denying free space to a handful of charter schools.

March 24, 2014

Several employees at Eva Moskowitz’s charter network expressed discomfort with a March 4 political rally in Albany.

March 14, 2014

A narrow decision on charter school co-locations has charter proponents howling—but is their outrage overblown?

March 5, 2014

de Blasio’s pick for schools chancellor is a great first step toward changing the direction of school reform in New York. But it was just the first step.

December 31, 2013