Sam Brill
Brill: Why education?

It’s hard not to write in platitudes about why education is so crucial in America. Phrases like, “Our children are our future,” or “education is […]

Brill: Grading New Haven

New Haven school reform may be making headway, but it’s far from perfect. A few months ago, the mayor had laid the groundwork for meaningful […]

Brill: Let’s mess with Texas

President Bartlett leans into the lectern: “Your state of Florida received $12.6 billion in federal aid last year,” he explains to Governor Rob Ritchie in […]

Brill: Beat the lobbyists

Barack Obama was supposed to be the president who finally took on lobbyists, special interests, and wealthy lenders looking out for their bottom line. Well, […]

Brill: Breaking the impasse

The rubber is about to hit the road for New Haven school reform. In the next few months, we’ll see if the mayor and his […]

Brill: Barack O’Brien’s speech

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will […]

Brill: A Swift guide to student selection

It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great university, peering into the classrooms of WLH, HGS or other three-lettered, hallowed halls […]

Brill: Dealing with the worst

As Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush character once said, “Presidenting is hard.” President Obama would probably agree — albeit in slightly different language — as […]

Brill: Accountability with control

Last Tuesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won an important victory, and no, I’m not referring to his narrow reelection for a third term […]

Brill: Grading the teacher contract

Say what you want about Mayor John DeStefano Jr., but the man knows how to make his school system look good. Following the teachers’ union’s […]

Brill: Booker and the Brick City

It’s time for Cory Booker to step up. I write that not in spite of the Newark mayor’s spectacular accomplishments in his first two years […]