Political Educator

Photograph by Lisa Godfrey. A steady trickle of well-wishers approach former Chicago schools superintendent Paul Vallas during a quiet morning at Petro’s, the Greek-run downtown coffee shop where Vallas is holding forth. Some congratulate him, some thank him for putting in a good word at a selective parochial school, some ask after his family, and […]

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The Home-Schooling Special

For those who think about school choice, vouchers and charter schools are canonical. But going by the numbers, home schooling is the choicest item on the choice menu. A few thousand students use vouchers, and a million or more students attend charter schools, but home-schooled students, now estimated at some 2 million, outnumber the other […]

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Reading: the Curious Case of Incurious George

(SUMMARY: Snarky internet debate reveals deep truths about reading, phonics, sight-words, meaning, comprehension, word-calling, parroting, and other classroom mysteries.) In a recent article titled “Why Meaning and Comprehension Are Strategies for Dumbing Down,” I tried to explain that many of the common claims about Whole Word and phonics are false. Indeed, they are upside-down and […]

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Better Care for Medicaid Patients

A new service for Medicaid patients in the Bronx seeks to stem the flow of frequent but potentially preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits by providing patients with a place to receive patient-centered care. The Intensive Wellness Program is an integrated, multidisciplinary primary care program that provides general and mental health care, community

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One Child at a Time

James Caradonio can barely contain his odium for the federal government’s latest efforts at education reform. The mere mention of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) sparks a tirade: “Reductio ad absurdum, you know. But this is what we’re dealing with in terms of this insanity. Oh, it’s numbers and it looks great. We’ve […]

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