How Vox Is Filling Its Education Page*

While chief education reporter Libby Nelson is increasingly writing about non-education topics (the campaign, gun control, etc.) Vox is finding interesting new ways to keep tabs on what’s going on in schools.

One way is this Elizabeth Green essay on “no excuses” instruction Beyond the viral video, which was originally posted at Chalkbeat:


“I think some founding principles of the no-excuses philosophy… need fundamental overhaul. I also think there is evidence that the same people and institutions who created no-excuses ideas can successfully revise them.”

Green, who’s written extensively about classroom instruction, is the co-founder of Chalkbeat.


Another kind of story is this personal essay I’m a New York City school administrator. Here’s how segregation lives on by Amy Simone Piller, cofounder of Urban Assembly Unison School.

“Many Americans believe school segregation is a thing of the past. But it still shapes the school I co-founded – and many others.”

Piller, who’s been keeping a weekly journal since helping start her school nearly four years ago, says she may write a book based on some of her experiences. She considered going with Chalkbeat or Medium, but her husband works at Vox and she thought the piece would get a larger audience that way. Vox added responses from the NYC DOE.

*UPDATE: Nelson tells us that some of these changes aren’t temporary — that she’s going to be jumping in on big education stories (as is done with health care coverage) for the duration of the campaign but then returning to another, new project rather than covering education full-time.

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at