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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

December 02, 2016

Now Can We Talk About Standards?

I'll say it: creating more opportunities for choice without making any attempt to establish a baseline of quality is not just irresponsible, it's unconscionable. Yet it looks like exactly what we're about to do. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.

October 22, 2016

Charter School Funders Shouldn't Be Paying for Research on Charter Schools, Should They?

Should people who fund charter schools also be funding research studies on charter school effectiveness? If that seems like a conflict of interest to you, you're not alone.

October 18, 2016

The Tyranny of (School) Choice

School choice is all the rage in education right now, but, to me, the only choice we need to make is this one: we need to commit to public education for everybody, not just for those lucky enough to win an enrollment lottery or lucky enough to have parents who live in the right zip code.

February 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Test Scores

One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.

February 19, 2016

Education's Nixon: The Success Academy Debacle

A lot has been said about the video that surfaced recently of the charter school teacher belittling her student for not doing what was on her paper. That teacher's boss, Eva Moskowitz, may have more in common with Richard Nixon, of all people, than you'd think.

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