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October 18, 2012

New York City: Winning the Sprint, Losing the Marathon?

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Some large urban school districts receive millions of dollars in foundation grants, while others get none. In my book, Follow the Money, I show that the districts receiving the m...

October 16, 2012

Let's All Grant Together

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Not too long ago, education philanthropists were facing persistent criticism for their ineffectiveness. Much of this criticism was tied to the $500 million Annenberg Challenge, w...

October 15, 2012

Introducing the Boardroom Progressives

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Thank you to Rick, for the opportunity to guest blog. An education reform "movement" is underway. There is a common understanding of the who (Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein, Wendy K...

October 14, 2012

Strengthening Community Demand and Support for High-Quality Education

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. As promised, let's talk about building community demand and support for high-quality education. That's key if we're going to build great schoo...

October 13, 2012

Strengthening Parental Demand and Support for High-Quality Education

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. Yesterday, I came down firmly on the side of investing parents and local communities with lots of responsibility and authority for their child...

October 12, 2012

How Should We Hold Schools Accountable?

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. I'd like to shift gears a bit today and talk about accountability. If you read my Tuesday post, you know that I have certain ambitions for my...

October 11, 2012

My Dream School-Information System

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Follow Bill and GreatSchools on Twitter at @Bill_Jackson and @GreatSchools. My dream school information system would provide insight into whether a particular school would help my daughters realize my aspirations for t...

October 10, 2012

Assessing the Quality of an Elementary School

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Tomorrow, we'll talk about my dream school information system - what I'd really like to see out there to power informed school choice. Before we do that, though, I'd like to share how I would go about assessing the q...

October 09, 2012

Parents' Aspirations for Their Children's Education

Note: Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, is guest posting this week. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Rick, for the opportunity to chat it up with your peeps. And chat it up we will. About parental aspirations for their children, evaluating schools, parental expectations for schools...

October 05, 2012

Turning Around Turnarounds - The Challenges

Note: Heather Zavadsky, education consultant and author of School Turnarounds: The Essential Role of Districts, is guest-posting this week. This week I've been writing about the crucial role of districts in turnaround or school improvement. Turnaround is a tricky business that has its skeptics, par...

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