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March 19, 2012

What Profit a Man (Or, in this Case, a Charter School Operator)....

Parent Trigger is a hot topic these days, and the New York Times got a group of folks on opposing sides to duke it out over the topic this weekend at their "room for debate" page. It's a tough debate: For all we hear from some quarters that low-performing, high-poverty schools are unfairly judged an...

March 05, 2012

Teachers as Owners

Eric Loomis writes approvingly about an Austin, Texas, microbrew pub that is operated on a co-op model, in which employees are co-owners with a vote in how the business is run. Loomis thinks this is a promising idea for improving status and wages for restaurant workers. Matt Yglesias is skeptical, n...

March 01, 2012

The Elizabeth Bennet of Education Reform

Earlier this week I wrote about the role of narrative in education reform policy debates. It's clear that the education reform narratives of the past decade have trafficked heavily in bold and colorful characters. Individuals and groups on both sides of the debate have cast themselves as scrappy Dav...

February 27, 2012

Why Does D.C. Require High Schools to Have Student Parking Spaces?

Tonight I learned that District of Columbia off-street parking regulations require D.C. high schools to have a certain amount of off-street parking: Not just for their staff and teachers, which seems reasonable, given that many teachers drive to work, but for their students. The "schedule of require...

February 21, 2012

Good Authorizers Close Bad Charter Schools

Charter authorizing is not, sad to say, on the glamour side of the education reform movement, so I was psyched to see this New York Times editorial highlighting the importance of authorizing and calling out D.C.'s own Public Charter School Board (on which I serve) as an example of strong authorizing...

December 05, 2011

Why the New York Times Failed

If you want evidence of the sorry state of journalism and public discourse around education reform in the United States today, look no further than this op-ed piece by Natalie Hopkinson in Sunday's New York Times. Hopkinson, a D.C. resident, argues that the difficulties her families had faced in f...

September 06, 2011

Let's Get Past "Charter" vs. "Traditional" and Think About High-Quality Supply for Communities

Dana Goldstein often has insightful things to say about education, but I don't quite think this piece about co-located charter schools supports the point she thinks it does. Dana writes: Visiting only co-located public schools would bias any reporter against traditional public schools. Why? More s...

July 07, 2011

Turbo!

My fellow Ed Week blogger Rick Hess has a great interview this week with KIPP co-founded Mike Feinberg, in which he talks about Feinberg's "KIPP Turbo" plan to grow the Houston KIPP network to more than 40 schools, which would serve 10% of Houston kids. One thing that Rick and Mike don't get into ...

April 04, 2011

Charters and Pre-K!

Today's Washington Post article on D.C.-area charter schools extending their pre-k offerings does a pretty good job of rounding up some of the key issues here, including the potential of charter operators to link quality pre-k with quality elementary school programs, and the opportunities created b...

February 23, 2011

Charter Schools and Pre-k: Recognizing the Opportunities

In a new paper published this week by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, I look at the common goals and challenges facing the charter school and pre-kindergarten movements, and describe how both movements could benefit from greater collaboration. The charter school and univers...

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