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Farewell, for Now


One of the many benefits of working at Education Week is that we operate on schedule similar to schools. We don't get an entire summer off, but we still approach the beginning of our "academic year" with the same excitement and sense of renewal and new possibilities that I remember from when I was in school.

So it's with excitement, but also sadness, that I am saying goodbye for now. I am leaving Education Week for the next academic year and moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., where I'll be one of 21 American and international journalists chosen this year to be Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan.

It is a cliche, but it must be said: I truly could not have gotten this fellowship without all of you: those of you who have read my work, e-mailed me, called me, gently corrected my errors, and allowed me to question you again and again as I worked my way through some very complex topics. Thank you for your time, your help, and your openness. As a part of the fellowship application, I had to explain why this beat is important. Because of all of you, I understand that deeply.

The blog will not go dark while I'm away. Lisa Fine, my predecessor on this beat at Education Week, will be taking over blog duties while I am away, as well as writing stories for the newspaper. She is a perfect fit for this position because she is already familiar with some of the complexities of this beat. She'll be starting on Aug. 31.

I look forward to rejoining everyone next June!


Have a great time in Michigan, it's a beautiful state. I'll miss your input here, but I'm glad the blog will continue in your absence.

You will be missed. You have done an excellent job reporting on this topic, and it has been of great value to me. I hope you will return, and am also glad that the blog will continue in your absence. Enjoy your new adventure.

I'm very sorry we're losing you! Thanks for your good reporting on these issues and your thoughtful consideration of all sides of the issues.

Thank you all so much!

Christina, you've done a great job with this blog -- providing excellent coverage of an overlooked topic. I'm just grateful the blog will continue, because I'd lead a revolt if Education Week discontinued this level of coverage for special education. Parents, advocates, teachers, and others owe you a lot for your contributions to this field. Good luck with your move.

Good luck this year! You have done a great job here and I will miss you.

Stellar job of supporting on-the-pulse information about special education services, Christina. I wish you continued success and look forward to reading your colleague's blog. See you next year!

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