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October 12, 2010

More About Reform and Instruction

In response to my blog post last week about "Waiting for 'Superman'," Robert Pondiscio writes that a lack of attention to instruction is not unique to "Waiting for 'Superman'," but more broadly symptomatic of the education reform movement—a sentiment echoed by commenters on this blog. I have...

October 01, 2010

D.C.'s Future--Beyond Rhee

A lot of recent media attention has focused on whether D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will stay or go following the primary election defeat of her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty. But the mayoral election isn't the only one that matters for education in D.C. Come January, D.C. will also have a new C...

September 22, 2010

Maryland Charter Schools and Gubernatorial Elections

A new campaign ad from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley—a Democrat in a neck-and-neck race with Republican former Governor Bob Ehrlich—recently caught my attention (lots of Maryland voters live in the D.C. suburbs, and ads targeted to them run in D.C., too). The ad trumpets O'Malley's...

September 07, 2010

The Vileness of Libertarian Thinking on School Choice

Libertarians' support for tuition tax credits and, to a lesser extent, vouchers, is well known. But I continue to be shocked by the extent to which that support for private school choice options has morphed into disdain for and attacks on charter schools and other public school choice options. In ...

July 21, 2010

Are We in the (Harlem Children's) Zone?

A new report from Brookings' Russ Whitehurst and Michelle Croft concludes that high-quality charter schools--not community, social and family services--are responsible for the success of Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) in improving student achievement. And, based on this finding, the report argues for ...

July 19, 2010

Charter School Odds and Ends

Nice piece on charter schools in the Charleston (WV) Gazette. West Virginia is one of 11 states nationally that do not allow charter schools; efforts are underway to enact a charter school law in the state. But NAPCS' Todd Zeibarth is skeptical of the proposed legislation, which would create a weak ...

July 12, 2010

Charter School Boards—Not Boring, Very Important!

Greg Richmond has a great and important commentary about charter school board independence in this week's EdWeek. And while "charter school board independence" may sound like a snoozer of an issue, it's actually critically important. I've found that most people not closely engaged in charter schoo...

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