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Curtis Valentine on NNPA: “Educator Spotlight: Lakisha Young, Oakland Reach”

Lakisha Young is no stranger to education reform. A former Teach For America corps member and founding member of a KIPP Charter School, Young knows the power parents can wield when they demand educational options for their children. The daughter of a single mother who enrolled her in a traditional public school, a Catholic school,…

Opportunities for Innovation: Community Responsive Special Health Services in Charter Schools

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, almost 25,000 students left the island. Puerto Rico’s Department of Education closed a quarter of its schools in response to their intensified economic crisis, damaged facilities and infrastructure, and decreased student population. Those students who remained missed an average of 78 days of school. Faced with this catastrophe, legislators…

Community Responsive Rural Charter Schools as a 21st Century Solution to School Consolidation

The West Virginia House of Delegates recently voted against Senate Bill 451, which would have allowed for the creation of public charter schools throughout the state. Critics of charter schools claim that they “drain money” from traditional local public schools. However, West Virginia has been draining money from its local public schools for years. Since…

Charter Schools in Rural Communities: An Opportunity for Career Preparation through STEM Skills Development

The West Virginia House of Delegates recently shot down Senate Bill 451, abruptly killing a promising chance for education reform throughout the state. The bill, which would have allowed for creation of public charter schools throughout the state as well as an increase in open enrollment policies, would have created more educational options for all…

A Look Inside Monument Academy, a D.C. Public Charter School Designed to Serve Students in Foster Care

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…

Valentine for BlackPressUSA, “Developing a universal enrollment system for all Memphis public schools”

On any given day, you can find Sarah Carpenter organizing parents in the Memphis area. A single mother of four daughters and 13 grandchildren, Carpenter was an advocate long before becoming co-founder and CEO of The Memphis Lift, which she describes as “a parent organization run by parents, for parents.” Born and raised in North…

Bellwether Education Partners’ Eight Cities: Exploring Urban America’s Most Successful Education Reform Efforts

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…

Welcome to Washington D.C., Dr. Ferebee!

This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser named Dr. Lewis Ferebee as the next chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. We at the Progressive Policy Institute have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Dr. Ferebee on several occasions. When working on his book, Reinventing America’s Schools Project Director David Osborne interviewed Dr. Ferebee, and…

Ben Ritz Discusses New PPI Report on Two Radio Interviews

Director of PPI's Center for Funding America's Future, Ben Ritz, participated in two radio interviews this week to discuss his new report, Defunding America's Future: The Squeeze on Public Investment in the United States. The report explains how short-sighted fiscal policy is undermining critical investments in education, infrastructure and scientific research that are integral to the long-term…

All of New York City’s Public High Schools Need Admissions Reform

In an effort to increase accessibility to New York City’s nine specialized public high schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed expanding their admissions criteria.  This may help reduce disparities by race in the educational opportunities New York students can access, but New York’s public schools need broader district-wide enrollment reforms to truly ensure all students enjoy…