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State Takeovers Haven't Worked

Recently elected Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s op ed column in yesterday’s NYTimes is a case study of why State takeovers of urban districts have failed… but Baraka downplays major reason for the State’s failure, which is inadequate funding. 407 more words

Was Professor Halsey right after all?

Educational Priority Areas grew out of the desire in the 1960s to improve the quality of education for those children living in the most deprived parts of the country. 548 more words


Children who go on to achieve a college degree, irrespective of their parents’ income, are more likely to make it to the top income quintile.

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Reporter Matt O’Brien (Washington Post persona here, Twitter persona here) wrote a little blog post article on October 18 entitled, “Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong.”

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Born on 3rd Base

The headline of Matt O’Brien’s Wonkblog in the Washington Post summarizes the whole story that, in turn, summarizes everything that’s wrong with our economy: “ 269 more words

Economic Outlook: Of Minimum Wages and Employment (Revisited)

Another hot button topic during the 2014 midterm election season are candidates stances on increasing the federal minimum wage.

This past February, the CBO released its analysis… 1,014 more words

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Obama Could End Testing Today

I was frustrated to read a Christian Science Monitor article titled “As Overtesting Outcry Grows Education Leaders Pull Back on Standardized Tests” for several reasons. The comments and/or questions following quotes from the article will provide some insights into my frustration: 739 more words