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Classroom discipline: a hard nut for charters, or any schools, to crack
Classroom discipline: a hard nut for charters, or any schools, to crack

The Broad Foundation first plunged into the roiling waters of school reform in 1999. And now, along with its multimillion-dollar investments in leadership and superintendents’ training and urban charter schools, it has its first president in all that time: Bruce Reed, a veteran of White House policy and school reform programs under presidents Clinton and Obama. I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, which you can read here. One matter I was curious about was school discipline. It’s one thing that makes charter schools distinct; one Chicago charter system takes it to extremes, charging students small fines for repeated infractions like being even a...

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