Kyle Spencer

Kyle Spencer

Kyle Spencer is an award-winning education journalist and frequent New York Times contributor who focuses much of her attention on the ways in which race and class are impacting life inside American classrooms. She writes often for The Hechinger Report and has written for New York magazine, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Washington PostThe AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The International Herald Tribune, and many other publications. A veteran journalist with 20-plus years of experience, Spencer has written about charter proliferation, the controversy over the Common Core, Harlem parents in the age of school reform, million dollar PTA’s, stress in high-achieving school districts and the prison-to-college pipeline, among many other things. In 2012, Spencer wrote a series of stories for The New York Times about hyper-aggressive fundraising efforts at New York City’s well-to-do public schools, which launched a citywide debate about public school inequity. The series was part of a crowdsourcing project she helped coordinate between WNYC RadioThe New York Times, and the education website SchoolBook. In 2014, she co-produced a Frontline episode about a school district re-segregation effort in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that won the EWA Broadcast Award. The film was credited with shedding light on the issue and led to public pushback against the effort. It eventually failed. Spencer has been a scholar with The Nantucket Project and last summer, was one of the journalists chosen for the Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists with The Russell Sage Foundation. Spencer  has appeared on New York 1, The Brian Lehrer Show, and The Talk of The Nation. She speaks and moderates panels for schools, education-related conferences, workshops and non-profit events. As a Spencer Fellow, she plans to explore how race, class and politics affect what American students are learning and how that impacts how they see their world and the nation at large. Here are some samples of her work:

 

Life Beyond Bars: One Man’s Journey From Prison to College

 

It Takes A Suburb: One Town’s Journey To Alleviate Student Stress

 

The Million Dollar PTA