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Recent articles by Kalyn:

Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a K-12 education plan. Here’s what her record on schools tells us.

On hot-button issues that have divided Democrats, like charters and testing, Elizabeth Warren has offered a little something for everyone. → Read More

Bernie Sanders joins Chicago teachers union rally, calls educators ‘the conscience of America’

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders looked to tie the Chicago’s tense, ongoing contract negotiations to broader debates about American teachers and schools. → Read More

This company ran schools for dropouts across the country. Chicago is the latest district to cut ties.

Just a few years ago, EdisonLearning ran more than a dozen mostly online alternative schools targeted at former high school dropouts. Now just two are left. → Read More

How Khan Academy, the popular free tool for students, wants to play a more official role in America’s classrooms

Known for its free online tutorials, Khan Academy is now formally selling its services to school districts, putting it in direct competition with other education technology vendors. → 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

6 of the 10 leading Democratic candidates say they will boost teacher diversity. Here’s how.

While the Democratic candidates generally agree that the next president should do something to expand America’s pool of teachers of color, how they’d do it varies. → Read More

This turnaround model is spreading. Is it a better way to help struggling schools or just a new brand of takeover?

A school turnaround strategy that's shown promise in Springfield, Massachusetts is spreading to districts across the country with the help of a group called Empower Schools. → Read More

25 years in, KIPP is planning further expansion and trying to turn its alumni into a political force

KIPP, which now has 242 schools, aimed a portion of the event at adult alumni, offering help with things like money management and mental health. → Read More

45 years later, this case is still shaping school segregation in Detroit — and America

Few know the Milliken case by name. But it limited courts’ ability to involve suburban districts in desegregation efforts, shaping views for decades since. → Read More

What it means when Democratic frontrunners say they support the Strength in Diversity Act

Candidates who support the bill are signaling that they believe school segregation is a problem and that the federal government should play a role in fixing it. → Read More