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April 04, 2013

How KIPP Schools Define Success

What's cool to me about the education reform space now is that traditional systems and charter organizations throughout the country are finally collaborating in meaningful ways to help more kids.

April 02, 2013

Trying to Understand the KIPP Approach

Would KIPP's founders and leaders argue that it would be a good experience for all kids or only for "certain types"?

November 27, 2012

Moving Beyond the Polarized Debate

A big part of what is wrong with the current debate about reform is that it is dominated by what I think of as naïve optimists and radical pessimists. The naïve optimists are the ones promoting simplistic solutions like: "fire bad teachers," "lengthen the school day," ...

November 08, 2012

What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election?

When disaster strikes (like Sandy) we don't expect the police to volunteer their time, nor the firemen, nor doctors and nurses—although no doubt many do go above and beyond their obligations. But we do expect teachers to make up for the impact of poverty and austerity politics on schoolchildren.

October 23, 2012

Beyond Charter Schools: Thinking About Public Education's Future

I find it ironic and hypocritical that the opponents of charter schools don't voice much objection to the loss of affluent children to private schools.

October 18, 2012

Blaming Your Own Team

After a decade or more of being "in charge" of our public schools, these "guys" (and a few gals) accept no blame.

October 11, 2012

What Chartering Could Have Been

The part that scares me most is that this attack on public education goes along with an assumption long held by public school educators, too;an education philosophy that provides encouragement to those who've always said that those kids learn differently

October 09, 2012

Charter Schools' Role in Strengthening Public Education

The biggest threat to public education doesn't come from charter schools; it comes from the loss of confidence and support from parents who have chosen to place their children in charters and private schools because they don't believe their children will be well served, and from politicians who starve public schools of resources and weaken them further.

October 04, 2012

Let's Find Issues to Unite Around

Let's think of three, four, or at most five issues we could unite on, principles that might cut across some of the unnecessarily warring parties.

September 25, 2012

Noguera: The Origins of My Views on Education

I've learned new and important lessons about the way education in American society works. I've also learned that the position you occupy often influences how you see the issues.

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