Jennifer C. Berkshire

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Jennifer is a freelance journalist who writes about the intersections of race, education reform and the remaking of the urban landscape.  She is cohost of the podcast 'Have You Heard' and the creator and editor of EduShyster, where she chronicled the end of public education with a wry eye. Follow her on twitter.

Jennifer Berkshire and Jack Schneider talk to Tressie McMillan Cottom about the rise of for-profit colleges that saddle low-income students with debt and questionable credentials. And are K-12 schools going the same way? more

Mar 22, 2017 1:11 PM Public School Shakedown

Betsy DeVos

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She spent almost a million and a half of her own dollars to turn Detroit’s education system into a laboratory—in which an out-of-control lab fire now burns. more

Feb 1, 2017 11:04 AM Magazine 1 Comments

A spring of student activism has been met by a dreary season of adult disdain. more

May 31, 2016 4:54 PM Public School Shakedown

Have You Heard heads to Boston for a look at the controversial trend of kindergarten suspension. more

Apr 8, 2016 3:31 PM Public School Shakedown

There’s a rebellion brewing against New Orlean'a decade-long experiment with education "reform." more

Mar 10, 2016 5:00 PM Public School Shakedown

Can the dream of democratically controlled public schools that serve all kids finally be realized, or are we scaling that vision back to something much, much smaller? more

Nov 6, 2015 5:58 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments

When is disruption not just a super cool buzz word but something that’s actually, well, disruptive? That would be when teachers at the National Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans ask the CEO of an Ohio charter management organization about... more

Jun 25, 2015 7:34 PM Public School Shakedown

Test takers who are still learning English get a special treat this time of year... more

Apr 21, 2015 1:23 PM Public School Shakedown

St. Louis TFA’s Brittany Packnett on Ferguson, the *belief gap* and the need for disruptive change that’s actually, well, disruptive. Image credit: Getty more

Mar 18, 2015 5:05 PM Public School Shakedown

Before the first day of PARCC testing, the results are in. Push back against indefensible state policies and the state will crack. Image credit: Dan Callahan more

Mar 17, 2015 2:34 PM Public School Shakedown

When the city of Chicago shuttered some fifty neighborhood schools last year, officials used antiseptic-sounding words like “underperformance” and “underutilization.” But visit neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the closings and you’ll he... more

Dec 29, 2014 3:26 PM Magazine

When news broke this summer that Teach for America was expanding its presence in Chicago amid the largest school closings in that city’s history and the layoffs of thousands of teachers and school staff, the reaction was swift, furious and extend... more

Sep 9, 2013 5:00 AM Public School Shakedown

What we should be talking about when we talk about Teach for America. more

Jul 26, 2013 6:00 AM Public School Shakedown

Scratch the surface and you’ll find a whole lot of green behind the education reform movement—and it’s not grassroots. more

Jul 15, 2013 1:20 AM Public School Shakedown