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Matt Barnum


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Recent articles by Matt:

After seeking to cut charter program, education department calls backers ‘desperate’

The the budget proposal and combative rhetoric shows that charter advocates do not have as staunch an ally in the administration as they previously believed. → Read More

The Trump administration wants to cut federal education spending — including money for charter schools

Still, the administration re-upped its proposal to create a $5 billion tax credit program to fund stipends for private school tuition and other education expenses. → Read More

Here’s how some big names in education are spending in the 2020 presidential race

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a Joe Biden donor. Bill and Melinda Gates jumped in early for Sen. Cory Booker, but haven’t donated to anyone since. → Read More

As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters

In districts serving mostly students of color, like San Diego and San Francisco, the disparities are particularly striking. → Read More

What does gentrification mean for local schools? Fewer students

The latest findings show that gentrification is relatively rare. But where it does happen, the changes have real — and complex — consequences for students. → Read More

To and through: What research says about what works (and what doesn’t) to help students complete college

Certain policies, particularly tuition grants paired with intensive, in-college support, can substantially raise students’ chances of completing college. → Read More

Mike Feinberg, out at KIPP after sexual harassment and abuse allegations, continues work in education reform

Feinberg has worked to help start new charter schools in Texas and is also employed as a consultant by the Center for Education Reform. → Read More

Housing vouchers, like other anti-poverty programs, increase test scores, NYC study shows

“Housing policy is education policy,” said Amy Ellen Schwartz, one of the researchers. → Read More

10 stories that defined K-12 education in the 2010s

It’s been a tumultuous decade in education policy. The 2010s were marked by some sweeping efforts to change how schools function. → Read More

Eight lessons we learned from education research in 2019

Education research is hard to keep up with, and often enough, it’s hard to even understand. → Read More

6 notable moments from Saturday’s Democratic education forum

Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls tried to distinguish themselves — though they generally made similar promises. → Read More

KIPP filing details sexual assault, harassment allegations against fired co-founder Mike Feinberg

Feinberg has denied the allegations, and has since announced the creation of a new organization to help people start charter schools. → Read More

How Chalkbeat analyzed data on GreatSchools and answers to other FAQs

We found a fairly strong relationship between school ratings and a school’s share of low-income students, as well as its share of black and Hispanic students. → Read More

Are American students falling behind? The latest international scores offer both good and bad news.

American 15-year-olds performed better in reading and science than most students around the world, but lagged behind in math. → Read More

‘I’m going to make sure I got it right’: What Elizabeth Warren told charter activists after protest at Atlanta event

Elizabeth Warren defended her education plan — while also promising to go back and read it — in a meeting with pro-charter activists Thursday. → Read More

It’s not just teachers: How counselor diversity matters for students of color

Better counselors boost students’ chances of graduating high school and enrolling in and remaining in college. → Read More

How sometimes-overhyped claims about the future of work drive XQ, the organization helping NYC open new schools

It’s an idea that has captured the attention of philanthropists and politicians of many stripes, but the evidence for this is not nearly as strong as XQ suggests. → Read More

Hit hardest by Texas’ illegal special education cap: Low-income students of color, study shows

Students who lost services as a result of Texas’ illegal cap on special education were dramatically less likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college. → Read More

How the gender gap in STEM might get its start in elementary school

Girls are less likely to be nominated for, selected for, and continue in a district’s advanced math program. → Read More

How the gender gap in STEM might get its start in elementary school

Girls are less likely to be nominated for, selected for, and continue in a district’s advanced math program. → Read More