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June 18, 2014

ACT Addresses My Questions About Common-Core Testing

Back in March, I took to the blog to ask three questions about concerns I had regarding Common Core testing to PARCC and SBAC, the two consortia that are building and field testing the assessments. Last week, Wayne Camara, senior vice president of ACT, emailed and offered responses from ACT.

June 16, 2014

Straight Up Conversation: UNCF CEO Michael Lomax on $25m Koch Gift

Earlier this month, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced a $25 million donation from businessmen and philanthropists Charles and David Koch. I thought it'd be interesting to discuss all this with Dr. Michael Lomax, the president and CEO of UNCF. Here's what he had to say.

April 14, 2014

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing NSNO CEO Neerav Kingsland

Regular readers are familiar with Neerav Kingsland, who's penned some of the more popular RHSU guest posts. Two years ago, I did a Straight Up conversation with Neerav when he took the reins from Sarah Usdin at New Schools for New Orleans. We've now come full circle, with Neerav recently announcing the he is stepping down at NSNO to aid other cities and districts seeking to pursue New Orleans-style education reform. It seemed an opportune time to catch up with Neerav, take stock of where things are in New Orleans, and hear his thoughts on what's ahead.

July 31, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Fla. Supe Tony Bennett on the Indiana School Grading Furor

Since Monday afternoon, a furor regarding Indiana's school accountability system has engulfed Florida state chief Tony Bennett (who was formerly the state chief in Indiana). The brouhaha centers on e-mails that Bennett and his staff penned regarding an Indiana charter school. The school, Christel ...

July 29, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Clever COO Dan Carroll

Schooling is rife today with intriguing ed tech ventures. Thing is, it can be tough to tell these guys apart without a scorecard. What are they all doing? How do you sort the wheat from the chaff? Today, I chat with Dan Carroll, chief operating officer of Clever, about some of the crucial but la...

February 11, 2013

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba

Jazon Zimba is the founding principal of Student Achievement Partners and lead writer of the Common Core mathematics standards. I appreciated having a chance to sit down and chat with him about the whole ordeal.

December 14, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New Florida Commissioner Tony Bennett

Yesterday, I chatted with former Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett about his new role as Florida education commissioner.

July 02, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New National Charter Alliance Chief Nina Rees

Nina Rees has just been named the new president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the national organization of the country's charter schools. As of August 20, she'll take the reins from interim president Ursula Wright, who has impressively filled the job for nearly a year. Nina ...

June 11, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Architect and New College Board President David Coleman

The whip-smart and polished David Coleman has been the quiet architect behind the Common Core. With no formal position, he's played a pivotal role in shepherding and selling the work coordinated by the NGA and CCSSO. Of late, he's been spending most of his time as the founding partner of Student A...

May 21, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New NSNO CEO Neerav Kingsland

I recently had a chance to chat with Neerav Kingsland, recently named CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). NSNO has been a pivotal player in New Orleans' post-Katrina reform landscape. A Tulane and Yale Law School alum, Neerav previously served as the chief strategy officer for NSNO. You ma...

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