Podcast: Assessing The $100 Million Upheaval Of Newark’s Public Schools

[Interesting summary of Dale Russakoff’s investigation into the Newark, NJ education reforms of the last five years. A few things stood out to me: Russakoff makes clear that reform needs to be a “process that is rooted in community” instead of the efforts of billionaires from the outside. And, the KIPP school that Russakoff visited with the most success has major additional supports in the form of extra learning specialists and three social workers for only 520 kids (vs. 1 for 600 students at the public school). Without jumping into the charter/public debate right here, charters in Newark seem to be doing better than its public schools, which is no surprise when the student support is dramatically different. Special shoutout to Marios for calling my attention to this interview!]

Podcast: Assessing The $100 Million Upheaval Of Newark’s Public Schools

NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

September 21, 2015k2-_187441ab-dc31-4de4-99a2-7a2529f368ba.v1

In 2010, Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg devised a plan to improve Newark’s failing schools. Dale Russakoff recounts their efforts in The Prize. Listen –>

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