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Matt Barnum

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Recent:
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Past:
  • Slate
  • The Atlantic

Recent articles by Matt:

3 things to know about XQ, the Laurene Powell Jobs-backed group set to help create new schools in NYC

XQ, backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, has already spent millions trying to “reinvent” schools across the country. → Read More

3 things to know about XQ, the Laurene Powell Jobs-backed group set to help create new schools in NYC

XQ, backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, has already spent millions trying to “reinvent” schools across the country. → Read More

Do charter schools ‘lift all boats’? Here’s what the latest research tells us

Two recent studies offer evidence that charter schools lead to net gains in student test scores, at least for some students. → Read More

Do charter schools ‘lift all boats’? Here’s what the latest research tells us

Two recent studies offer evidence that charter schools lead to net gains in student test scores, at least for some students. → Read More

Doug McCurry to step down as co-CEO of Achievement First charter network

Doug McCurry helped lead the network for 20 years, a period that saw Achievement First became one of the most visible examples of “no excuses” schooling. → Read More

Cory Booker now says he opposes school vouchers. But he backed D.C.’s voucher program just months ago

“The evidence has become clear that vouchers do not help — and in fact, hurt — the cause of educational equity,” Booker said in response to a candidate survey. → Read More

Cory Booker now says he opposes school vouchers. But he backed D.C.’s voucher program just months ago

“The evidence has become clear that vouchers do not help — and in fact, hurt — the cause of educational equity,” Booker said in response to a candidate survey. → Read More

Betsy DeVos says schools are strapped for cash because of well-paid bureaucrats. Here’s why that’s misleading.

Despite DeVos' claim otherwise, highly paid administrators simply don’t account for a particularly big slice of school spending. → Read More

Can virtual advising shift where students go to college? Yes, but only a bit.

According to one study, students with access to CollegePoint were nearly 3 percentage points more likely to enroll in a college with a graduation rate over 70%. → Read More

How the Democratic candidates talked about charter schools and school segregation in Thursday night’s debate

The leading Democratic candidates illustrated the divide in how they think and talk about charter schools at the debate in Houston. → Read More

The College Board says it’s tried to reduce inequity in college admissions. A new book argues it hasn’t

The book catalogs instances where the College Board spun, obscured, or downplayed unfavorable research findings. → Read More

Ousted KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg files suit against charter network

The suit alleges KIPP destroyed Feinberg's career and his reputation. KIPP calls it “baseless and frivolous." → Read More

3 out of 4 Americans support giving teachers a raise, the highest in a decade

Nearly three in four Americans think teachers should be paid more, the poll shows. → Read More

4 new studies bolster the case: More money for schools helps low-income students

The latest research offers one solution for policymakers, advocates, and philanthropists who have been vexed by flat national test scores. → Read More

4 new studies bolster the case: More money for schools helps low-income students

The latest research offers one solution for policymakers, advocates, and philanthropists who have been vexed by flat national test scores. → Read More

A new study questions whether Head Start still produces long-run gains seen in past research

“We’re using methods that have been accepted for a long time ... and now we’ve got a bunch of negative results,” said Dylan Lukes, a Harvard graduate student. → Read More

EdBuild, nonprofit that highlighted funding disparities, plans to close next year

Through next year, EdBuild plans to issue a handful of additional reports — including one that will be published at the end of this month. → Read More

EdBuild, nonprofit that highlighted funding disparities, plans to close next year

Through next year, EdBuild plans to issue a handful of additional reports — including one that will be published at the end of this month. → Read More

Catch up: Four takeaways from the Democratic presidential forum on education

Candidates agreed that the next education secretary must be an educator, and Sen. Warren criticized high-stakes testing, despite clashing with unions on the issue previously. → Read More

Kamala Harris challenges Biden on school desegregation: ‘It cannot be an intellectual debate’

In the 1970s, Joe Biden vigorously opposed efforts by courts to integrate schools by race, often referred to by critics as “busing.” → Read More