City | 5:56 pm | February 16, 2012 | By Andrew Giambrone

Kristof pats New Haven on the back for school reform

The Yale-backed New Haven Promise initiative handed out 110 scholarships this summer.
The Yale-backed New Haven Promise initiative handed out 110 scholarships this summer. Photo by Brian Chang.

According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, valuable education reform is happening here and now in the New Haven.

In a Thursday op-ed titled “The New Haven Experiment,” Kristof credits New Haven’s public school system for working with, rather than against, the teacher’s union in creating comprehensive school reform.

“New Haven may be home to Yale University, but this is a gritty, low-income school district in which four out of five kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches,” Kristof wrote. “Eighty-four percent of students are black or Hispanic, and graduation rates have been low.”

Read the op-ed here.

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