At a school in Newark, N.J., the teaching staff is the administration, reports the New York Times—raising teacher morale but potentially blurring educators’ focus. Dominique D. Lee and five other teachers—all veterans of Teach for America, a corps of college graduates who undergo five weeks of training and make a two-year commitment to teaching—are running a public school called Brick Avon Academy, with 650 children from kindergarten through eighth grade. “This is a fantasy,” Lee said. “It’s six passionate people who came together and said, ‘Enough is enough.’ We’re just tired of seeing failure.” The Newark teacher-leaders are part of...
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