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A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction

A growing number of philanthropists, advocates, and policymakers say the way to improve schools is to upend the traditional school district. Usually pointing to the same cities as models — Indianapolis, along with Denver, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. — they want to see more charter schools and more district schools run like charter schools. Continue reading here.

Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem

Licensed child care — particularly for children 3 and younger — is hard to come by in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. The problem is so pronounced, the neighborhood has won an unwelcome designation: Child care desert. Put simply, it’s a place where the number of small children far exceeds the number of licensed child care slots. Continue reading here.

‘All eyes are on Newark’: As the city regains control of its schools, a look at what’s to come

The return to local control marks a watershed for Newark, a vote of confidence more than two decades after a state judge decried “failure on a very large scale” within its schools and “nepotism, cronyism and the like” among its school board. It comes as a number of states pivot away from takeovers — an extraordinary intervention whose outcomes have varied — and allow districts from Philadelphia to New Orleans to reclaim authority over their schools. Continue reading here.