Why Can’t We Be Friends? NewSchools Re-Stirs Debate on Race and Equity in Education Reform | Tony Wan

Why can’t we be friends? That question wrapped up the closing session at the 2017 NewSchools Venture Fund
Summit this week in Burlingame, Calif.

Now in its 18th year, the event rekindled an uncomfortable conversation that started last year, prodding the 1,200-plus registered attendees to consider the issues surrounding race and equity in education.

Last year’s gathering left a divisive aftertaste. A Chalkbeat reporter wrote that it “felt more like #BlackLivesMatter Rally.” The Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank, charged Summit organizers with trying to “push conservatives…

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