Dave Powell

News Analysis & Op-Eds

Check here to review news or opinion articles shared with the class for our Wednesday discussions. Additional details are located here. Articles should be available no later than Tuesday morning each week.


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Feb 6: DeWitt & McCarthy

ICE Set Up a Fake University. Hundreds Enrolled, Not Realizing It Was a Sting Operation,” by Antonia Noori Farzan. Published in the Washington Post on January 31, 2019. Submitted by Ellie DeWitt.

Scholars Offer Vigorous Debate Over a Federal Constitutional Right to Education,” by Mark Walsh. Published in Education Week on January 25, 2019. Submitted by Katie McCarthy.


Feb 13: Bushey & Wadley

Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?,” by Natasha Singer & Sapna Maheshwari. Published in The New York Times on October 23, 2018. Submitted by Alexa Bushey.

Success of Los Angeles Teachers Strike Rocks Charter Schools, and a Rich Supporter,” by Jennifer Medina & Dana Goldstein. Published in The New York Times on January 28, 2019. Submitted by Matty Wadley.


Feb 27: Cassar & Van Buren

Seeking a Haven in HBCUs and Single-Sex Colleges,” by Alina Tugend. Published in The New York Times on February 21, 2019. Submitted by Jeannie Van Buren.

Former Teacher Blames Education Policymakers for Atlanta Cheating Scandal,” by Michel Martin. Published by NPR in “All Things Considered” on February 16, 2019. Submitted by Oia Cassar.

BONUS: “Finding Hope in Atlanta,” by Dave Powell. Published in Education Week on August 23, 2011.


Mar 6: Cocco & Tovar

Liberals, Conservatives Agree: Big Mistake for White House to Push Private School Choice,” by Lauren Camera. Published in US News & World Report on March 24, 2017. Submitted by Abigail Cocco.

Arizona Law Leaves Schools Struggling To Navigate LGBTQ Issues,” by Mariana Dale. Published by NPR on February 24, 2019. Submitted by Leidy Tovar Almanza.

BONUS: “Betsy DeVos pitches new tax credit to support school choice programs,” by Laura Meckler. Published in the Washington Post on February 28, 2019.


Mar 18: Colson & Thoretz

After Racist Video Surfaces, Private School Students Protest With Overnight Lock-in,” by Eliza Shapiro. Published in the New York Times on March 12, 2019. Submitted by Stephanie Colson.

“‘Side Door’ Routes to College Admission No Surprise to Counselors,” by Catherine Gewertz. Published in Education Week on March 13, 2019. Submitted by Jenna Thoretz.


Mar 27: Balady & Zalucki

Even at Top Colleges, Graduation Gaps Persist for Poor Students,” by Melissa Korn. Published in the Wall Street Journal on February 18, 2019. Submitted by Isabel Balady.

Cut School Lunch Money To Improve Reading: Arkansas Legislator,” by Beth Dalby. Published by Patch.com on February 25, 2019. Submitted by Abby Zalucki.


Apr 3: Desmond & Richard

New York Joins Movement to Abandon Use of Student Tests in Teacher Evaluations,” by Eliza Shapiro. Published in the New York Times on February 1, 2019. Submitted by Sullie Desmond.

BONUS: “Florida Student, 11, Arrested After Dispute Over His Refusal to Say Pledge of Allegiance,” by Christine Hauser & Matthew Haag. Published in the New York Times on February 19, 2019. Submitted by Sullie Desmond. Shared just because it’s a crazy story.


Apr 10: Kupersmith & Rich

Exploring Ways to Say So Long to Traditional Letter Grades,” by Madeline Will. Published in Education Week on February 5, 2019. Shared by Emma Rich & Dani Kupersmith.


Apr 17: Julie & Present

Taking the Guesswork Out of Teacher Hiring,” by Madeline Will. Published in Education Week on March 12, 2019. Shared by Rachel Julie.

Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?,” by Claire Cain Miller. Published in the New York Times on September 10, 2018. Shared by Haley Present.

BONUS ARTICLES, courtesy of Haley:

High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring,” by Jan Mehta & Sarah Fine. Published in the New York Times on March 30, 2019.

You’re More Likely to Pass the Bar Than an Elementary Licensing Exam,” by Madeline Will. Published in Education Week on March 5, 2019.


Apr 24: Tang & Pickard

In Many Charter High Schools, Graduation Odds Are Slim,” by Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin. Published in Education Week on February 26, 2019. Shared by Chihhao Tang.

A Manhattan District Where School Choice Amounts to Segregation,” by Kate Taylor. Published in the New York Times on June 7, 2017. Shared by Annie Pickard.

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