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This week Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss the possibility of "building a tent" around certain principles in education, particularly for charter schools.


Chartering is a lot like America at its best and worst. Freedom provides wonderful opportunities for creativity, innovation and progress. However, among our biggest challenges are to maximize constructive use of freedom, and minimize abuse.


This week Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan discuss what when a school should be closed, and what should happen along with that decision.


When we see the coming and going of schools as just the market at work, we're in trouble.


State legislatures should insure that a variety of college courses are available, for free, on every high school campus and that the state also make courses on college campuses available at no cost to students. This gives students a "leg up" and also helps them develop the kind of "academic momentum" that increases high school graduation rates, as well as completion rates at a one, two or four year college program.


For all our preaching about democracy, we are strangely reluctant to practice it in schools, says Deborah Meier.


We agree that if you want a distinctive school to last, you need to develop other professional staff who can lead.


Developing the best habits of citizenship in a democracy is the central task of K-12 schooling—if we still honor democracy.


Young people like Ismael and Sheriden help illustrate six powerful learning principles.


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