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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

Publications

By / 10.21.2019

Improving public education has long been a cornerstone of the Democratic platform. Because progressives understand that access to a quality education is the gateway to a better life, our decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and opportunity for all Americans has been deeply tied to our struggle to create an effective public school system. In […]

Publications

By / 10.9.2019

Improving public education has long been a cornerstone of the Democratic platform. Because progressives understand that access to a quality education is the gateway to a better life, our decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and opportunity for all Americans has been deeply tied to our struggle to create an effective public school system. In […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 6.3.2019

Central to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ cantankerous mystique is his anti-establishment stance and uncompromising vision for radical economic change. When it comes to public schools, however, Sanders is no revolutionary. On the contrary, he sides with the education establishment in defending a status quo that is failing poor and minority students. The democratic socialist from Vermont recently […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.21.2019

Nearly 14 years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s elected leaders decided to rebuild New Orleans’s failing public education system from the ground up, as a system of public charter schools.  Prior to the storm, the district was considered one of the nation’s worst. Half the students dropped out, and four in 10 adults […]

Publications

By and / 5.15.2019

Progressives are rightly concerned about inequality, but some overlook the crucial role that underperforming public schools play in perpetuating poverty and inequality in America. The poor quality of many school systems is a serious impediment to social mobility for children from low-income and minority families, who can’t easily pick up and move to communities with […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.1.2019

Emery Lower loves to read. She loves Harry Potter, Bridge to Terabithia and Pride and Prejudice. Since beginning sixth grade, she’s developed an interest in graphic novels, especially mangas; in particular, she recommends The Tea Dragon Society. Each year that Emery has taken the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams, she’s earned a “masters grade level” score on the […]

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 […]