I think, when it comes to schools, it's important that the body involved be public, transparent, self-sustaining (not fiscally dependent on a private body), and as close to those affected as reasonable.
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September 24, 2013
June 14, 2013
"The only innovative thing left to do in education reform is to stop innovating and find the experienced educators already succeeding."
May 22, 2013
How do we sustain good schools so that over time there are more and more of them? I think networks of schools are a useful added component.
March 20, 2012
David knocked down Goliath. Democracy lives. The good guys won.
February 14, 2012
The leaders of one of the most economically depressed and racially segregated cities in the nation have decided that the answer to its problems is to fire teachers, close public schools, expand the number of charters, and possibly to expand the voucher program as well.
February 08, 2012
It seems clearer than ever to me that we need to re-explore issues of choice, so that they are not used to undermine the political communities that are at the base of our political democracy or to glorify the segregation of schools by race.
August 26, 2011
The Parent Trigger should be recognized for what it is: A stealth assault on public education.
June 30, 2011
Isn't it amazing that at just the moment in history that the private sector has demonstrated a combination of appalling ignorance and incompetence—to the detriment of billions of ordinary people—they've managed to use their monstrous profits to shift the argument to the sins of the public sector?
April 12, 2011
That last argument is the one that really moves policymakers in these tough fiscal times. Imagine that: voucher schools may not educate kids better, but they can do the job at half the cost. That's powerful, and it reveals what matters most these days: not improving education, not encouraging creativity and innovation, but cutting costs.
January 20, 2011
It always surprises me that small class size is understood to be critical to teachers and students knowing each other well by some who then condemn small schools.