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What is Justice for Kids Who Kill? – The Marshall Project and Slate
The trial of Kahton Anderson and the raging raise-the-age debate.

The Inequality Fight Dividing Hillary Clinton’s Hometown – Politico Magazine
An affluent New York suburb was supposed to be a national model for affordable housing. Instead, it proves how hard it is even for towns that say they want to do the right thing.

The Schoolmaster - The Atlantic
David Coleman is an idealistic, poetry-loving, controversy-stoking Rhodes Scholar and former McKinsey consultant, who has determined, more than almost anyone else, what kids will learn in American schools.

Other Work:

The Real Betsy DeVos – Slate
Trump’s nominee tried to sound like a moderate—but revealed she was underprepared and deeply ideological.

Cities of the Old – Politico
Across the country, spontaneously arising communities of elderly people are challenging American health care—but also creating labs for smarter ways to think about aging.

What Trump’s Education Department Could Do – Slate
College lending, pre-K, campus sexual assault, and school segregation: The incoming administration could overhaul President Obama’s education agenda.

America: This is Your Future – Politico
What’s the country really going to look like in 2050? Get ready for older, more diverse, and new political fights over who gets what.

What New York’s Biggest School Reformer Sees in Donald Trump – The New Yorker
Eva Moskowitz and other Democrats debate: Should they cooperate with Trump?

Trump’s Radical Education Agenda – Slate
He wants to redirect federal funds toward school vouchers—and his choice of education secretary shows he’s serious.

Who’s a Kid? – The Marshall Project and The New Republic
Should 25-year olds be charged as juveniles?

The Inequality Fight Dividing Hillary Clinton’s Hometown – Politico Magazine
An affluent New York suburb was supposed to be a national model for affordable housing. Instead, it proves how hard it is even for towns that say they want to do the right thing.

High School Graduation Rates Are Soaring – Slate
How much credit should we give to President Obama’s education policies?

“There’s a Lot of Fear” – Slate
Hillary Clinton says the “Trump Effect” leads to bullying in K–12 schools. Is that true? And if so, how should teachers respond?

Think Like a Genius – Slate
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is so obsessed with two of the most dangerous concepts in education history.

A Teacher’s (Sometimes Stultifying) Life – Washington Post
A review of the memoir “Substitute,” by Nicholson Baker

Bill de Blasio’s Pre-K Crusade – The Atlantic
In New York City, every 4-year-old has access to free early education—even those whose families make up the 1 percent.

1971 All Over Again – Slate
Hillary Clinton’s ambitious child care proposals would need bipartisan support. It’s happened before.

One Reason School Segregation Persists - Slate
White parents seek schools that are much whiter than their cities, a new study finds.

The Teachers’ Candidate – Slate
How Hillary Clinton might change the Democratic Party’s relationship with the school reform movement.

Chris Christie’s Education Plan Is Shocking – Slate
He wants to give to the rich and take from the poor.

My Destructive Dependency on Migraine Drugs – Elle
And how I finally regained control.

Is Addiction a Learning Disorder? – Slate 
A powerful new book mounts a case against 12-step dogma.

The Battle Over How to Pay Teachers May Come Down to One Painful Decision – Vice
The Chicago teachers strike and taxes.

Sterilization’s Cruel Inheritance – The New Republic
The eugenic legacy of a 1927 Supreme Court decision to sterilize “imbeciles.”

Down With Algebra II? – Slate
It drives dropout rates and is mostly useless in real life. Andrew Hacker has a plan for getting rid of it.

Shall We Be Released? – The American Prospect
A review of two new books on criminal justice, one by a politician who went to federal prison, and another by two scholars.

Good Intentions – The New Republic
Bill Gates is out to change the world. Will he make money doing it?

Why It’s Hard to be a Poor Boy with Richer Neighbors – The Marshall Project
It can lead to arrest. What does new research mean for schools, housing, and police?

Do Long Prison Sentences Curb Gun Violence? - The Marshall Project
Not really. But politicians love them because they are NRA-approved.

Why Is America So Uncaring? – Slate
A new book, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unfinished Business, is optimistic about work-life balance. Looking at history, I’m not so sure.

The New Science of Sentencing – The Marshall Project and FiveThirtyEight
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?

What is Justice for Kids Who Kill? – The Marshall Project and Slate
Inside the trial of Kahton Anderson and the raging raise-the-age debate.

The Case for Violent Video Games – The Marshall Project
A new book says kids know they’re a fantasy — even a healthy one.

Cheaters Never Prosper – The Marshall Project
But they hardly ever get punished as severely as they did in Atlanta. I look at how the prison terms in the Atlanta test cheating scandal compare to other cheating cases across the country. Plus: Listen to me discuss the piece on All Things Considered.

Too Old to Commit Crime – The Marshall Project and The New York Times
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.

Inexcusable Absences – The Marshall Project and The New Republic
Skipping school is a problem. But why is it a crime?

Pencils Down – The New York Times Book Review
A review of “The Test,” by Anya Kamenetz

Meet Our Prisoners – The Marshall Project
A study lingers on the lives of those we incarcerate.

Where the Shots are Fired – The Marshall Project
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.

How to Cut the Prison Population by 50 Percent – The Marshall Project
No, freeing potheads and shoplifters is not enough.

Blame Liberals? – The Marshall Project
A new book faults Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the NAACP for our prison state.

The Lowdown on Conjugal Visits – The Marshall Project
Why they’re disappearing, which states still use them, and what really happens during those overnight visits.

In Your Face – The Marshall Project
Does tear gas belong in schools? Do police?

The Teenage Brain of the Boston Bomber – The Marshall Project
Is being 19 years old a defense?

The Dueling Data on Campus Rape – The Marshall Project
A new federal victim survey challenges the ‘one-in-five’ notion.

10 (Not Entirely Crazy) Theories Explaining the Great Crime Decline – The Marshall Project
From aging to gentrification to Prozac.

Overlooking Rape – The Marshall Project
New Orleans is not the only city where police don’t get it.

No Country for Young Men – The Marshall Project and Slate
Junior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia sent him to jail.

The Tough Lessons of the 1968 Teacher Strike – The Nation
To build a lasting peace between teachers unions and communities of color, we can’t forget their most painful battle of all.

A New Teach For America? – Vox
TFA has faced criticism for years. Now it’s listening — and changing.

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher – The Wall Street Journal
Parents should seek out educators who have outside intellectual lives, follow the data and ask terrific questions.

The Most Important Figure in School Reform We Never Talk About – Slate
It’s the principal.

Why Middle School Doesn’t Have to Suck – Pacific Standard
Some people suspect the troubles of middle school are a matter of age. Middle schoolers, they think, are simply too moody, pimply, and cliquish to be easily educable. But these five studies might convince you otherwise.

Will California’s Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools? – The Atlantic
Maybe not. In urban education, hiring is at least as big as a challenge as firing.

Who “Controls” Newark’s Schools? – Slate
A mayoral election brings 1960s Black Power rhetoric back to urban education politics.

How College Contributes to Inequality- The Atlantic
An interview with Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler, author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream.

Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework - The Atlantic
And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement.

The PISA Puzzle – Slate
The lessons of the big test for our school reform movement aren’t as simple as they might seem.

What Happens When Great Teachers Get $20,000 to Work in Low-Income Schools? – Slate
The results of a new study, the Talent Transfer Initiative, show some encouraging results. Can they be scaled up? 

Bill Gates’ Big Faith in Big Data – The Atlantic
An interview with the world’s most generous philanthropist, on global health care, education, and economic growth.

Can Four Young Economists Build the Most Efficient Charity Ever? – The Atlantic
GiveDirectly, the brainchild of four Harvard and MIT graduate students, is so simple, it’s genius. Give poor Kenyan families $1,000 — and let them do whatever they want with it.

No More Ditching Gym Class – Slate
The next wave of standardized testing is here, measuring your kids in art, music, and phys ed. Is that even possible?

The Narrative of Poverty, from Mumbai to New York – The Daily Beast
Katherine Boo has received deserved praise for her book portraying the poor in India, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc did much the same thing for American inner city life eight years ago, in Random Family. The pictures they paint are strikingly, depressingly similar.

Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents’ View of Israel – TIME
The Palestinian bid for recognition at the U.N. has elicited differing responses within the Jewish community. Younger American Jews are more likely than their parents to be acquainted with the Palestinians and their story.

Should All Kids Go to College? – The Nation
Some progressive education reformers have attempted to move beyond the old emotional debates about tracking and expectations, and are sounding the call for a more intellectual version of vocational education.

The Education Wars – The American Prospect
A profile of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Street Fighter – The American Prospect
A profile of Janette Sadik-Khan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s radical transportation commissioner.

Janet Napolitano and the New Third Way – The American Prospect
Arizona’s governor has contained Republicans, reinvigorated Democrats, and provided a new model for progressive politics in the West.

Left Behind? – The American Prospect
Ossining, New York was at the forefront of school integration. But as American law and public opinion turn against race-based programs, can the town continue to use racial targeting to close the achievement gap?