“We treat each principal like the CEO of the school,” says Marco Petruzzi, CEO of Green Dot Public Schools, which has undertaken the ambitious task of turning around Los Angeles’s worst schools, all while keeping a unionized teaching force and spending roughly a fourth as much on each college-ready graduate as the city did before. advertisement advertisement Rather than centrally manage every school, each Green Dot charter is run like a startup: The staff is given broad discretionary powers over finance, faculty are given the reins to innovate with a new curriculum, and the union contract is performance-based rather than a guarantee of minimum work requirements. To maintain its unusual level of collaboration, a Green Dot overhaul physically splits schools into autonomous units of around 500 students (in some cases, by using chicken wire for temporary walls). A UCLA-Gates Foundation study released today shows that Green Dot’s prescription is paying off, … [Read more...] about How Green Dot Charter Turned Around L.A.’s Worst Schools
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I’ve been a meat eater my whole life. But recently I went to my local burger joint with the goal of trying the latest craze in protein: plant-based meat. I ordered an Impossible Burger and a Beyond Burger and was delighted to find that the hype is mostly true. Both of the burgers, while not quite the same as the best juicy patties I’ve had in my life, were still pretty damn good. advertisement advertisement I’m part of a growing group of consumers that plant-based meat companies are racing to win over: Omnivores, or people who buy both meat- and plant-based foods. These people traditionally aren’t the ones ordering veggie burgers or buying egg substitute at the market. But times are changing. In 2015, the World Health Organization proclaimed that red meat and processed meat were carcinogens that increase your risk of cancer, especially if you eat them daily. Besides helping you stay healthy, reducing your meat intake also has a positive impact on the … [Read more...] about These plant-based food companies are rebranding to target meat eaters—and it’s working
It is Sunday in Brooklyn, the July air oppressive. You get on the subway, heading for the depths of the borough, someplace no one you know lives–yet. advertisement advertisement Off the train, phone and maps app in hand, you walk toward the pedestrian underpass of the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, meandering through a mix of residential buildings, bodegas, factories, and abandoned buildings. And then you find it: a huge, shady courtyard between two towering manufacturing buildings, strung with twinkling lights and tricked out with bars serving sangria, a taco stand, a dance floor, and most importantly, a DJ table. You’ve arrived at Mister Sunday, one of the best daytime dance parties in New York. A sweaty, multi-ethnic tangle of scantily clad twenty- and thirtysomethings in barely-there rompers and jorts rub shoulders and butts on the dance floor with young parents with babies on their hips and aging disco-era veterans. This throbbing, vibrant scene will play … [Read more...] about Gentrification, Inc.