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February 22, 2011

3 Reasons Education Reformers Should Care About Zoning

Most Americans don't recognize the extent to which zoning or land use policies impact the shape of our lives today. That goes for education reformers, too. But education reformers should care about zoning laws, for at least 3 reasons: 1. They create barriers to expanding high-quality charter schoo...

February 09, 2011

We Go Together....

Check out this cool partnership between KIPP and the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. CLI, which conducts research and operates initiatives to improve quality in early childhood education programs, will partner with KIPP to launch a model pre...

January 11, 2011

Pulling Rank

Two very different sets of state rankings are out this week. The big one is Ed Week's (do I really need to disclose that they're hosting my blog?) annual Quality Counts report, which includes the usual state-by-state highlights and rankings, as well as special reports honing in on how the education ...

January 09, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering What Some of the First 420 Signs Were...

The Post's Conor Williams has a good piece looking in further detail at the school reform situation in D.C. and why the election of Vincent Gray as Mayor is not the catastrophe for D.C. ed reform many national voices assumed it was. Williams particularly highlights Gray's selection of Hosanna Mahale...

January 05, 2011

How Pre-k is Like Charter Schools, and What We Can Learn from the Evidence on Each

Yesterday, I explained that I don't think it makes sense to think and talk about the evidence on pre-k in the same way that we think and talk about the evidence on specific instructional and pedagogical innovations. Instead, I'd suggest that the body of evidence for pre-k is more comparable to the...

December 17, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink

Speaking of the need to expand the supply of high-performing school options: Mark Schneider and Naomi Rubin DeVeaux have produced a sobering report on the lack of real quality school choices for kids in the District of Columbia. Families in D.C. have choice aplenty--about 70% of DC kids attend a sch...

December 17, 2010

Admissions Lotteries: Not Just About Fairness

Cato's Andrew Coulson takes issue with a recent Brookings report's recommendations that data on charter school lotteries be included in state and local student longitudinal data systems. Never mind that Coulson doesn't actually seem to understand what the report is recommending (which is interesting...

December 15, 2010

Every Now and Then I Fall Apart

A sobering report released yesterday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds that most of 2,000 schools identified as low-performing in 2002-03 were still low-performing schools 6 years later. Just 1.4% of district-run schools and less than 1% of charter schools identified as low-performing in 2002...

November 30, 2010

Revised D.C. Comprehensive Plan Gives Charter Schools First Dibs on Excess School Facilities

Lydia DePilis reports that the revised D.C. Comprehensive Plan, to which the D.C. Council passed numerous announcements last week, includes new language specifying that charter schools should have a "right of first refusal" for use of surplus public school facilities. Like charter schools in many ci...

November 10, 2010

Want to Start a Charter School in D.C.?

Then come to an information session for prospective applicants tonight (Wednesday, November 10) at the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board's offices. And check out the 2011 Application Guidelines here. (disclosure: I serve on the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board.)

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