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April 30, 2019
What does Montessori mean in the age of school choice? Researcher Mira Debs explains
Montessori can both contribute to and ameliorate school segregation, Debs points out in “Diverse Families, Desirable Schools."
March 13, 2019
The Detroit school district wants to attract new parents. A new free-standing Montessori school might help.
The new Montessori school would be housed in a school building the district is taking back from a charter school.
November 29, 2018
It took this Texas school district 48 years to desegregate. Now, some fear a return to the past.
Students of color in Longview still don’t have the same opportunities as white students. Its desegregation order was dismissed. Can the district succeed without it?
September 13, 2018
Jeff Bezos says he will use his riches to open Montessori preschools
The preschools will be free and inspired by the Montessori approach, in which children direct their own learning in an environment prepped for them to explore.
March 30, 2018
Week in review: Can separate schools better serve students with dyslexia and other special needs
Since arriving in Detroit last year, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has spoken often of the schools he wants to create for children with special…
March 27, 2018
Five possible changes coming to the Detroit district Montessori program
The main Detroit school district has reassured anxious parents who were worried about the future of the district’s Montessori program that the program…
February 21, 2018
A popular new Montessori program in Detroit’s main district may expand into its own separate schools
The possible changes could represent a major shift for the two-year-old program, which now operates in 17 classrooms in six schools.
Politics & Policy
February 15, 2018
This network of Montessori ‘micro-schools’ is bringing a new charter concept to Indiana
But first Wildflower Schools has to solve a number of challenges.
December 16, 2016
Week In Review: What $617 million can’t buy
In this week's roundup: Devos, charters and truth. Plus how an influx of cash didn't solve Detroit's teacher shortage and the uncertain future of a Montessori program.
December 14, 2016
Colorful maps and wooden blocks have lured some skeptical parents — but can free public Montessori survive in Detroit?
When her son Carlton was born, Yolanda King started saving money for private school. As a special education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, King…
A new day?
September 26, 2016
Months after symbolizing Detroit’s troubles, a once-decrepit school gets a chance to show off
The school in Detroit’s midtown neighborhood last year became a symbol of everything that was wrong with Detroit Public Schools.
September 8, 2016
Fewer affluent kids will have an edge in magnet school admissions under likely IPS diversity plan
The board will discuss the plan at its meeting later this month.
Anatomy of a lesson
September 7, 2016
How one Memphis school is showing that the Achievement School District isn’t all about test scores
At Libertas School of Memphis, testing does not have the appearance of being front and center in daily lessons at the Montessori school.
Politics & Policy
August 11, 2016
Detroit public schools try to lure skeptical families by adding Montessori programs
In an effort to at least slow the dramatic enrollment declines that have long hobbled public schools in Detroit, officials are hoping to attract families to new Montessori programs opening next month.
May 17, 2016
Charter schools raise questions but draw no sanctions from state policymakers
The Board of Regents renewed two charter schools despite discussions about student achievement at the schools.
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