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January 8, 2019
As L.A. teachers threaten to strike, union leaders are fighting a controversial school reform strategy
If LA teachers go on strike, it won’t just be about pay—it will be part of a broader fight over the role of charter schools and an obscure school reform idea.
digging into discipline
January 4, 2019
Major new study finds restorative justice led to safer schools, but hurt black students’ test scores
The move accomplished a key goal of school discipline reformers by reducing the number of days students were suspended. It had other consequences, too.
January 2, 2019
Lessons we’re taking into 2019
Welcome to Chalkbeat’s national newsletter — and to 2019! Matt Barnum, Sarah Darville, and Francisco Vara-Orta here, working to help you make sense…
year in review
December 21, 2018
What worked (and didn’t) this year: 10 lessons from education research to take into 2019
What worked: Addressing the effects of child poverty. What didn't? Cutting school spending and tougher teacher evaluations.
December 19, 2018
Is personalized learning the new Common Core?
Welcome to Chalkbeat’s national newsletter! Sarah Darville, Matt Barnum, and Francisco Vara-Orta here, working to help you make sense of efforts to improve education across…
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
more money more learning
December 17, 2018
Does money matter for schools? Why one researcher says the question is ‘essentially settled’
Twelve recent studies have found that spending more money in schools means significant benefits for students, including rising test scores and graduation rates.
December 13, 2018
How the stress of state testing might make it harder for some students to show what they know
In one New Orleans charter network saw modest spikes in cortisol, a hormone caused by stress, leading up to state exams.
December 12, 2018
This Chicago teen can’t read. Why?
December 10, 2018
What it will mean if Betsy DeVos rolls back the Obama school discipline rules
It would be a victory for the conservative campaign to link school discipline reforms with unsafe schools.
December 9, 2018
The City Fund’s next steps: These 7 cities are the focus of the biggest new education player
A new group that’s raised millions has begun spending that money in seven cities — and its staff may be planning to try to influence elections, too.
December 5, 2018
Behind a once-promising school’s demise
December 4, 2018
New group will try to connect school board members pushing for ‘dramatic change’ in these 10 cities
The group is targeting board members in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, and Stockton.
change at the top
December 3, 2018
D.C., meet your next chancellor: 8 things to know about Lewis Ferebee and what he might bring to the district
With a modest demeanor and careful speaking style, Ferebee has kept a low public profile. But he has made a name for himself in education reform circles.
Indianapolis’ Lewis Ferebee tapped as next chancellor of D.C. Public Schools
Under Ferebee's leadership, Indianapolis Public Schools pursued a slew of dramatic, and controversial, changes, including expanding "innovation" schools.
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