Many find it hard now to imagine being "just" lifelong classroom teachers or even principals for decades. Those "justs" are my heroes.


"The only innovative thing left to do in education reform is to stop innovating and find the experienced educators already succeeding."


Why do those with a real choice elect for very small class sizes, highly credentialed and experienced staff, attention to the aesthetics of the environment, plenty of outdoor space, no dearth of arts of all sorts...


Editor's Note: Deborah Meier will respond to Michael Petrilli's blog post on Friday, June 14....


But I will repeat my supposition that to make the biggest difference for the most children growing up in poverty, what we must do is offer them incredible schools.


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