Are Academic Gains Enough?

Are Academic Gains Enough?

How do you define a good school? Chicago schools are leading the country in academic gains, but they're still a half-grade behind the national averages. Today we're talking about what these improvements mean to parents when they envision sending their kids to those schools. Let's talk about real parent expectations and what a "good school" looks like in their eyes.

Good morning Baltimore!

Good morning Baltimore!

The Baltimore Sun recently reported another year of population loss for Baltimore. The city now nears a 100-year low according to the US Census. Looking at the numbers, one contributor, David Placher, wrote that it “didn’t take an investigator” to find a cause. He described the atrocious crime rates and the crumbling public school systems. What have other cities struggling with population loss done to combat this issue? Find out more...

Remembering Linda Brown Thompson

Remembering Linda Brown Thompson

A little over a week ago, Linda Brown Thompson, of the historic Brown v. Board case, passed away. Today we honor her life and join others in the education world celebrating her legacy.  As we reflect on the blog, we take a look at her own words about this monumental case and her father's concern for his child to have to live with the stigma of not having a choice.

Does School Choice Accelerate Gentrification?

Does School Choice Accelerate Gentrification?

Last week, Chalkbeat claimed school choice is accelerating gentrification. Gentrification is commonly considered a negative term. So, what does this mean and what does it have to do with school choice? Lots of our readers were curious about our response to this conversation, and here it is. Keep reading to learn more.