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January 22, 2015

New Ways to Expand Opportunities for Educators, Families, and Students

Nathan: Since 1985, Minnesota has allowed high school students to earn college credit with state funds following them, helping pay for all tuition, book and lab fees. Moreover, some of us are advocating providing start-up funds to help district faculty start new options within school districts.

January 13, 2015

My Love-Hate Relationship With Choice

Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.

January 08, 2015

Five Myths of the Charter Public School Movement

Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?

December 15, 2014

"I Don't Know How to Start"

What happens when we provide choice only to overwhelm students? Too often, we think we're doing the "right" thing only to encounter student push back with the freedom we provide. Freedom can be scary, so let's demystify it for our kids.

December 10, 2014

Amazing Student Candor

Students say the best things... we just have to make sure we're listening. What are your kids saying?

December 04, 2014

If Charters Work, What Is the Reason?

Charter theories are sometimes built on the idea of school "fit." At other times, they're based on the notion that the free market knows best. Andy Smarick and I discuss.

December 02, 2014

Most Schools Don't Model Democracy

Meier: While it's true democracy is never complete, we do kids and ourselves a disservice to pretend that our schools are living examples of even an imperfect democracy.

December 02, 2014

A System Entirely Composed of Charters?

Andy Smarick believes that kids would be better off with a system entirely composed of charters. I disagree.

October 16, 2014

A 'Third Way': Intra-District Choice

Choice, for all its pitfalls, does offer a glimmering hope of countering school segregation. Julian Vasquez Heilig and I consider a choice plan that might work.

October 14, 2014

Vouchers and Equity

Vouchers are back as a topic, and this time they've been given an equity gloss. Julian Vasquez Heilig and I discuss whether or not vouchers are still a bad idea.

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