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By / 10.19.2017

Free credentials would help millions of Americans without four-year degrees reach the middle-class debt free & close labor force “skills gap” WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report by senior fellow Anne Kim, “Forget ‘free college.’ How about ‘free credentials?,’” proposing greater federal support of high-quality occupational credentialing opportunities as […]

By / 9.6.2017

For almost two decades, education reform has been a source of conflict in the City of Brotherly Love. Much progress has been made, but too much energy is still devoted to fruitless district vs. charter debates. Those invested in such debates should take a look at the nation’s fastest-improving big cities, to see what can […]

By and / 8.31.2017

In a recent media release, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) announced they are looking for “quality partners” to launch innovation network schools for the 2018-2019 school year. IPS explains their innovation school network as a group of “public schools with expanded autonomy to make academic and operational decisions that will maximize student achievement. Innovation schools also […]

By / 8.4.2017

When I was a kid, my parents bought a house in a middle class neighborhood of an economically diverse city. My brother, who is a year older than me, embarked upon his schooling in our local public elementary school – an adventure that lasted one year. His teacher struggled to control the class, fights broke […]

By / 7.24.2017

Under Chancellor Antwan Wilson, the children of current and former public officials will no longer receive preferential placement in the District’s infamously competitive school enrollment system. The move follows a report from the D.C. Inspector General that former Chancellor Kaya Henderson had allowed the children of several top public officials to bypass the My School […]

By / 7.14.2017

When I was in high school, I had a teacher everyone loved: Mr. C. Mr. C told us stories about traveling, he talked about baseball, and he let us sit with our friends and socialize. We completed worksheets; we earned As in the class. We were happy, and our parents were happy with our grades. […]

By and / 7.7.2017

On June 22nd, the House unanimously passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions the following Monday, the bill is a reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. If passed, it would make headway in creating […]

By / 5.16.2017

In 2012, on the anniversary of No Child Left Behind, I reached out to President George W. Bush asking for an interview to discuss the landmark education law and the politics then surrounding it. His aides thought it was a lousy idea for him to say anything, since it would inject him into an ongoing […]

By / 5.8.2017

INDIANAPOLIS—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today joined The Mind Trust and Education Cities to kick-off “Reinventing America’s Schools: An Educational Revolution in Indianapolis,” a two-day conference at the Crossroads of America highlighting the city’s innovative, twenty-first century approach to K-12 school governance. The sold out event welcomes 14 delegations from Memphis, Oakland, Rochester, Washington, D.C., […]

By / 5.2.2017

Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by twenty-first century systems, in which the central […]