At a recent groundbreaking for a new school in Washington, D.C., writer Sam Chaltain wonders what the arrival of a new charter school will mean for the neighborhood that surrounds it -- and what the loss of the building's previous school might have set in motion.
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April 23, 2014
April 17, 2014
A former Teach For America teacher says he's tired of being attacked as someone who's opposed to public education and teachers.
April 10, 2014
The Tennessee Education Association is pushing the idea that the states' NAEP gains could be explained in part by a motivational video shown before the test.
April 02, 2014
Too much of what passes for innovative thinking today is really just an effort to perfect our ability to succeed in a system that no longer serves our interests. But two recent articles light a different path -- on that might actually help us reimagine education for a changing world.
February 26, 2014
Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.
February 05, 2014
Members of a Washington panel discussion on teacher use of data agreed that educators need better training in data, but first teachers need to trust it.
January 30, 2014
Is what we have in cities across the country a high-functioning system of school choice, or a high-stakes game of school chance? Sam Chaltain considers the distinction, and suggests a way forward.
January 14, 2014
Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.
January 03, 2014
What would be the biggest game-changer when it comes to American public education? And what if we tried it in New York City? Sam Chaltain has a New Year's resolution for the new mayor.
January 01, 2014
The first draft of Getting Smart was written three years ago and a lot has changed since then. I reread the book on a plane recently and it holds up reasonably well, but there are things I wanted to provide in an update. Below are the top 10 developments I've seen since writing Getting Smart.