Advocating for a slow and steady growth of schools of choice is not nearly as satisfying as advocating for huge sweeping changes that might turn the whole school system around. But, slow, decentralized, and steady is the vision that I think has the best chance, over the long term, of creating schools and systems that meet student needs at scale.
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May 04, 2016
March 15, 2016
American education has always been a magnet for jargon-laden fads, and one of the latest of these is the enthusiasm surrounding "college readiness for all."
October 15, 2015
My school reform friends get frustrated with me because they think I'm a naysayer. The reality is, it's more complicated than that.
August 31, 2015
How do you get the energy, influx of resources and talent, and results that followed Katrina while still ensuring that the effort is driven by and reflective of the local community?
June 22, 2015
A decade into post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, I offer a few reflections.
September 02, 2014
People ask me, "You're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think much of the confusion is because "reform" has been used to describe two different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.
June 07, 2013
Late last week, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, my shop at AEI released briefs by eight of the most interesting thinkers around when it comes to rethinking the contours of K-12 schooling (you can find them all here). In these pieces, which together offer up a bold, inte...
August 24, 2012
There's been a lot of talk lately about the "parent trigger" and its import for school reform. With the first successful "trigger" effort having played out in California a few weeks back, and the impending release of the Hollywood edu-drama "Won't Back Down" on the horizon, I thought I'd subject you...
August 17, 2012
I recently moderated a fascinating discussion about parent engagement -- and not the kind that has to do with supervising field trips and providing extra classroom supplies. The focus was on how new organizations like DFER and 50CAN are seeking to mobilize parents when it comes to policy debates ov...
December 07, 2011
The week before Thanksgiving, I penned "When Good Intentions Make Us Stupid." It garnered some heartening feedback from friends who found it useful. It was also quoted by many who selectively cited me in their ongoing efforts to vilify many folks whom I like and respect (as is routine when I'm cri...