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Apr.27, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 11

Improving the schools

In response to: Schoolhouses rock

By Liz Willis Freemantle ’82

Published in the April27, 2011 issue

Kathy Kiely ’77’s enthusiastic article about education reform (cover story, March 2) prompts me to write from a tempered perspective. One of the most troubling aspects of the current trend, seen in the programs she highlights, is that few reformers have actual teaching...

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School-reformers' impact

In response to: Schoolhouses rock

By Mark Peevy ’92

Published in the April27, 2011 issue

A great article. I’m doing similar work in Georgia as the executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission (our state’s authorizer of charter schools), and it is very encouraging to see the impact that Princeton alums are having in the education-reform field.

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Looking beyond academics

In response to: Schoolhouses rock

By Charles M. Smith ’59

Published in the April27, 2011 issue

A recent article in PAW describes how Princeton graduates are working to improve education through creating an optimal learning environment. In addition to the learning environment, the overall circumstances of a child’s life impact the ability to learn. Extreme poverty, low...

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Wanted: More alumni in education

In response to: Schoolhouses rock

By Reed Dyer ’94

Published in the April27, 2011 issue

As another alumnus who has spent his career engaged in bringing underserved children high-quality education, I was heartened to see the PAW give voice to Princeton’s role in education reform. Or was I? While I appreciate the hard work being done at the student, school,...

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Charter schools help only a few

In response to: Schoolhouses rock

By Jasmine Alinder ’91

Published in the April27, 2011 issue

As a parent of a child in public school, I found this article to be appallingly uncritical of the charter-school movement. In Wisconsin, where I live, independent charter schools strip $57 million from public school aid. These charter schools exacerbate the squeeze on public...

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