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Emily Langhorne

Emily Langhorne is Associate Director of the Progressive Policy Institutes's Reinventing America's School Project. A graduate of James Madison University, Emily earned a Master of Education from the George Washington University and a Master of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Emily previously worked for Fairfax County Public Schools, teaching high school English and directing writing centers. She has also worked for George Washington University’s Upward Bound Program where she designed and implemented curricula to boost the literacy skills of urban youths. Emily won awards for her writing at both James Madison University and George Washington University.

Writings

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.8.2019

In Washington, D.C., D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School recently celebrated its 15th birthday by throwing a quinceañera for staff, students and families. In the traditional fashion, this coming-of-age Latin American celebration involved a lot of food, music and dancing. The school had good reason to celebrate. The Public Charter School Board, D.C.’s charter school authorizer, ranked D.C. Bilingual […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.27.2019

Because Montessori schools are often associated with progressive suburbanites and well-to-do private schools, many people don’t know that Dr. Maria Montessori originally developed her pedagogical approach while running a school for some of the poorest children in Rome. Unfortunately, with the exception of some Montessori magnet schools created as part of desegregation initiatives in the 1960s […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.19.2019

Most people who know me know that I’m a big believer in public school choice. To me, it’s a no brainer that when school districts create school attendance zones based on students’ home addresses, they are creating systems in which poor students will most likely attend poorly performing schools. Forcing students to attend a chronically […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.14.2019

Charter schools serve about three million students across 42 states and the District of Columbia. To clarify, charter schools are public schools operated by independent organizations, usually nonprofits. Most are schools of choice, and unlike magnet schools in traditional districts, they are not allowed to select their students. If too many students apply, they hold […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.28.2019

With 2019 barely underway, the nation has already witnessed another set of highly publicized teacher strikes. Teachers unions and anti-charter activists have wasted no time in painting public charter schools as the culprit, blaming them for “draining money from public schools.” To clarify, charter schools are public schools. They’re supported by taxpayer money and overseen by […]

Blog

By / 2.22.2019

The industrial-era public education system that America inherited from the last century no longer works for the majority of students. Because it is highly centralized and assigns students to schools based on their home address, it produces cookie-cutter schools that treat all children the same.  However, that educational model is profoundly unfair to the majority […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.7.2019

When Aaron Cuny and Will Stoetzer were thinking about how they wanted to structure their own D.C. charter school back in 2012, they kept returning to the same question: “When were we doing the best work for kids?” “For both of us, it came down to teaching in a small group setting, where you could […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.31.2019

When I finish writing the statement, that cat will move,” promises Deshaunte’ Goldsmith, a sixth-grader at Digital Pioneers Academy Public Charter School. She presses enter on the keyboard and, sure enough, the animated cat on her screen begins to pace back and forth. Goldsmith is a member of the founding class at the school knows […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.25.2019

“Coats off, scarves off, hats off! Belts on; shirts tucked,” Stacey Stewart, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s director of student affairs, yells at the two lines of students waiting to check-in and begin the school day. “Ms. Stewart, I’m early today,” a student says as he approaches check-in. “It’s 8:29. You are not early; you are on […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.17.2019

Artwork and projects decorate the light blue walls of Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, an inquiry-based learning public charter school now in its eighth year. A colorful “body map,” with the organs labeled, covers the door of one prekindergarten classroom. On the wall outside the other pre-K classroom hang drawings of guitars because the class read […]