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A teenager’s assessment of public school

“Why the hell are you reading a book written by a 17-year-old kid?...If you want to know the truth, here it is. I’m a high school student in a public high school in New York. For thirteen years, I’ve been told to shut up and sit down and listen. I’ve bee
 Straight from the source
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 14, 2012

As schools struggle to get better, is selling out to big money the answer?

The idea of education reform has become so much of a universal social imperative that even hard-nosed liberals mindlessly dance to its alluring tune without considering the consequences of their gallivanting.
The price of change

A Race Well Run

Five months ago, when Massachusetts failed to win a Race to the Top education grant from the federal government, the Phoenix took the legislature and teachers' unions to task for being too timid and politically motivated to do the right thing.
Beacon Hill and the education establishment overcame narrow self-interest by putting students and schools first
By EDITORIAL  |  August 27, 2010

Review: The Cartel

First-time documentarian and TV journalist Bob Bowdon’s broad primer on what’s rotting American education runs like a 90-minute 20/20 segment.
... flunks
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 30, 2010

Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010