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SOD – “Save Our Debate”

In Washington DC, the end of July is supposed to be a time of miserable weather during which the politicos get nothing done because they’re on vacation. Instead, it’s a time of miserable weather during which politicos are getting nothing done because they’re staring each other down over the ruins of our country’s credit rating.So why is Matt Damon getting on a redeye flight tonight to rally a crowd of teachers marching […] Read more

Friday Night Lights (and Pitches)

Last Friday night saw nearly 300 Bay Area entrepreneurs, VCs and philanthropists gather for the final pitch session of The EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab, an education startup incubation program helping cultivate the next generation of education technology entrepreneurs. Since February, a cohort of 25 incredible individuals has been working through the Lab on tech-enabled solutions to the challenges facing American public education—and at this culminating event, their months of hard work were clear.The […] Read more

“Public education is broken: How will you fix it?”

In April, NewSchools teamed up with the student-led nonprofit Students for Education Reform (SFER) to host a national essay competition. We all recognize that public education is broken; we wanted to hear from students how they propose to fix it. Macy Olivas, a junior at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, authored the winning essay.“Public education is broken: How will you fix it?”I hate to say that I lucked out on the education […] Read more

Pitch It!

In partnership with Teach For America and the Stanford d. school, NewSchools is excited to host a great startup event to celebrate the inaugural cohort of this year’s EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab. The event will feature eight teams from the EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab who will pitch in front of a Silicon Valley star-studded panel, they will receive feedback and questions, but the final vote is up to the audience. The public has the final say, so […] Read more