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October 9, 2019
Money over merit
Welcome to Chalkbeat’s national newsletter! Matt Barnum, Kalyn Belsha, and Sarah Darville here, working to help you make sense of efforts to improve education across…
October 8, 2019
No thanks, Obama: 9 states no longer require test scores be used to judge teachers
The decline illustrates the continued retreat of an idea that took education policy by storm, but proved divisive and difficult to implement.
October 3, 2019
3 things to know about XQ, the Laurene Powell Jobs-backed group set to help create new schools in NYC
XQ, backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, has already spent millions trying to “reinvent” schools across the country.
Choice and consequences
October 2, 2019
Do charter schools ‘lift all boats’? Here’s what the latest research tells us
Two recent studies offer evidence that charter schools lead to net gains in student test scores, at least for some students.
October 2, 2019
How private schools fuel segregation
The big story A new study caught our eye this week that documents how every school in America contributes to racial segregation. It also…
names to note
Updated October 2, 2019
Doug McCurry to step down as co-CEO of Achievement First charter network
Doug McCurry helped lead the network for 20 years, a period that saw Achievement First became one of the most visible examples of “no excuses” schooling.
private school segregation
September 30, 2019
Worried about school segregation? Don’t forget private schools
While 11% of students attend private schools, those schools account for 15% of racial segregation, according to a new study.
from KIPP to college
Updated September 26, 2019
KIPP charter schools are getting more students to college — but it’s not clear yet whether more are getting diplomas
Students who attended a KIPP middle school a decade ago were 13 percentage points more likely to enroll in college as a result, according to a new study.
September 25, 2019
An about-face on dropout recovery
The big story Four years ago, EdisonLearning ran more than a dozen mostly online half-day programs across the country that targeted high school dropouts.
September 23, 2019
Cory Booker now says he opposes school vouchers. But he backed D.C.’s voucher program just months ago
“The evidence has become clear that vouchers do not help — and in fact, hurt — the cause of educational equity,” Booker said in response to a candidate survey.
September 19, 2019
Betsy DeVos says schools are strapped for cash because of well-paid bureaucrats. Here’s why that’s misleading.
Despite DeVos' claim otherwise, highly paid administrators simply don’t account for a particularly big slice of school spending.
September 18, 2019
How to hide a dropout
The big story Indianapolis’ Emmerich Manual High School has struggled for years. In 2012, test scores were low enough to prompt a state takeover.
September 17, 2019
Can virtual advising shift where students go to college? Yes, but only a bit.
According to one study, students with access to CollegePoint were nearly 3 percentage points more likely to enroll in a college with a graduation rate over 70%.
September 16, 2019
Want better readers? Spend less time teaching kids to find the main idea, ‘Knowledge Gap’ author Natalie Wexler argues
Kids from less educated families rely on school to gain lots of specific knowledge. Their schools, worried about reading test scores, are least likely to give it to them.
September 12, 2019
How the Democratic candidates talked about charter schools and school segregation in Thursday night’s debate
The leading Democratic candidates illustrated the divide in how they think and talk about charter schools at the debate in Houston.
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