Tag Archives: urban education

Getting to School in Detroit

Getting to School in Detroit

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on education policy development and implementation; network-based school improvement; and school choice, with a special interest in Detroit. By Sarah Winchell Lenhoff The Michigan Department of Education recently released its annual… Read More »

Inequitable Teacher Distribution Prompts Urban ‘Grow Your Own’ Programs

Inequitable Teacher Distribution Prompts Urban ‘Grow Your Own’ Programs

By Kacy Martin Teacher Shortages in High-Need Areas Inequitable teacher distribution has been a problem in the U.S. since the advent of universal education. Because teachers are free to choose where they work, schools in geographical areas that appear less appealing tend to attract fewer potential educators. Areas with higher poverty rates, in particular, are likely to struggle… Read More »

New Pushback against Corporate Philanthropy

New Pushback against Corporate Philanthropy

By Kacy Martin Students and parents in the Oakland Unified School District have a complicated relationship with their superintendent, Antwan Wilson. Wilson has been described as a bold and effective school leader with the district’s best intentions at heart. However, in response to his recently proposed plan to create a single application process for Oakland’s… Read More »

Reflecting on Progress since the Coleman Report, 50 Years Later

Reflecting on Progress since the Coleman Report, 50 Years Later

By Kacy Martin   With All Deliberate Speed With the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report approaching, education researchers might pause to reflect on its findings and the progress our schools have made since its publication in 1967. In a series of articles in Education Next, economist Steven Rivkin details findings from his recent research… Read More »

The Failure and Hope of the Urban Turnaround School

The Failure and Hope of the Urban Turnaround School

  By Kacy Martin Turnaround Efforts from 2009 to Today President Obama took on an ambitious experiment in 2009. Using $3 billion in stimulus money, the federal government awarded School Improvement Grants (SIGs) to 5000 of the lowest performing urban schools committed to turning around their poor performance. Upon accepting the grants, schools agreed to… Read More »

Trauma in the American Urban Classroom

By Kacy Martin   Trauma in the Spotlight The recent attacks in Paris and Beirut have undoubtedly left many parents and educators struggling to for an explanation that might help students begin to comprehend the horrific events that sometimes befall innocent citizens. Likewise, teachers and families must help children make sense of the Syrian refugee… Read More »

Urban Charter Schools Are More Likely to Succeed Than their Suburban Counterparts

Urban Charter Schools Are More Likely to Succeed Than their Suburban Counterparts

Charter School Concentration: Demand in Urban Areas The University of Michigan’s Susan Dynarski recently added her voice to the ongoing conversation around charter schools in America’s urban areas. Rather than comment on the more salient charter controversies around oversight concerns, authorizer policies, or competition with neighborhood schools, Dynarski addressed a less-examined topic: the contrast in… Read More »