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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.

June 07, 2013

A Road Map for System Transformation

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

Making Sense of the "Parent Trigger"

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

Parent Power & Education Advocacy

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

When They Denounce You Today & Selectively Quote You Tomorrow

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...

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