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June 22, 2016

Of Big 'R' and Little 'r' School Reform

Though I think much of the big "R" reform agenda has real promise, its value ultimately depends infinitely more on how they're executed rather than whether they're adopted.

June 15, 2016

School Reform Is the New Ed. School

Back then, ed schools were marked by oppressive consensus on key questions: tests were bad, charter schooling and school vouchers were very bad, etc. It turns out this kind of thinking has spread to the school reform world too.

June 08, 2016

Gates' Common-Core Mea Culpa and the School Reform Divide

Common-core advocates were in such a hurry to do good that they just didn't show much interest in hard questions or uncomfortable cautions. This is the way things routinely go between progressives and conservatives.

June 01, 2016

Making Sense of the Left-Right School Reform Divide

It's worth taking a moment to understand where conservatives and progressives actually disagree. We agree on a lot, but our big disagreements frequently fall along the left-right ideological divide.

May 04, 2016

'Reform Fatigue' and the Virtue of Going Small

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.

March 15, 2016

Avoiding the Pitfalls in the 'College for All' Craze

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

Of School Reform 1.0 versus 2.0

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

Of New Orleans and Reform That's Done 'To, Not With'

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

Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

A decade into post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, I offer a few reflections.

September 02, 2014

Two Schools of 'School Reform:' The Conservative and the Progressive

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.

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