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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 / 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 […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.9.2019

Three rows of second-graders stand facing the front of the classroom. A speaker emits sounds. First, a door creaking. Then, footsteps thudding and a wolf howling, all followed by the unmistakable opening riff of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The students put their hands on their knees and take four big steps forward before swinging their arms […]

Publications

By and / 12.20.2018

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, because it allows full operational flexibility […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 12.17.2018

After 11 years of centralization, Lewis D. Ferebee, the choice of D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to be the next D.C. schools chancellor (subject to confirmation by the D.C. Council), will bring a fresh perspective to D.C. Public Schools. As superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, his signature strategy was empowering principals and teachers. Tall […]

Blog

By and / 12.10.2018

As a strong proponent of 21st century school systems, Reinventing America’s Schools would like to highlight Bellwether Education Partners’ Eight Cities, a project that attempts to answer the question: “How do you build a continuously improving system of schools?” The Eight Cities website, https://www.eightcities.org, profiles urban districts that have managed to get “more students into […]