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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 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.
End of an era
Updated August 20, 2019
Merit pay was the heart of a ‘revolutionary’ teachers contract in Newark. Now the Cory Booker-era policy is disappearing.
The new contract highlights the waning popularity of many ideas associated with the education reform movement.
July 25, 2019
‘Giving students an equal start’: Democratic presidential candidates push for pre-K at Indy conference
Five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates pointed to education as a tool for accelerating economic growth in urban communities and fighting voter suppression Thursday.
Updated July 3, 2019
We asked every Democratic candidate for president about desegregating schools. Here’s what they told us.
After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden's position on 'busing,' we asked all the Dem candidates about their positions on school desegregation. Here's what they said.
June 26, 2019
Round 1: What the 2020 Democratic candidates said about education in the first debate
From pre-K to college affordability to school counselors: Chalkbeat's guide on what the Democratic candidates said about education during the first primary debate.
'first in flight'
Updated July 1, 2019
New Jersey’s first all-male public school celebrates its first graduating class
The cheers were loud as Samuel Colon’s name was called Wednesday evening to receive his high school diploma.
June 18, 2019
Newark schools — traditional and charter — have made big gains since 2006, new report shows
Newark’s ranking among other high-poverty districts based on its state test scores has risen significantly since 2006. Its graduation rate has also improved.
Champion of Choice
February 8, 2019
In Newark, Cory Booker’s most enduring legacy may be city’s spreading charter schools
Charter schools spread rapidly across Newark during Cory Booker's time as mayor. Now, that may complicate his bid to become president.
February 1, 2019
Cory Booker has been an ed reform favorite. That could be a problem for his 2020 campaign.
Booker spent much of his career promoting a specific vision for improving education — views that in recent years have gone out of fashion with many Democrats.
February 1, 2018
‘All eyes are on Newark’: As the city regains control of its schools, a look at what’s to come
A 22-year state takeover of Newark's public schools is over. Now, local decisions about leadership, spending, and more, begin.
January 9, 2018
President Winfrey? Here’s what we know about Oprah’s education outlook
Winfrey hasn't taken a firm stand on education, but her background, personal giving, and guests on her show all offer clues.
October 16, 2017
The $100 million question: Did Newark’s school reforms work? New study finds big declines, then progress
It was announced with much fanfare in 2010: changes were coming to Newark’s schools. But are students learning more now than they were then, thanks to the reform effort?
the big shift
February 7, 2017
Cory Booker vs. Cory Booker: Two videos to understand how the politics of education are being reshaped in the Trump era
President Trump hasn’t yet changed the policy of education in America. But two speeches by Booker — including one last week — show how his election is changing the politics.
September 10, 2015
When an outsider arrives to shake up a school system, a tightrope walk follows
An excerpt from journalist Dale Russakoff's "The Prize," a deeply reported look at the politics and unfulfilled promises of school reform in Newark.
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