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August 15, 2012

Parent-Empowerment Dynamics: On Avoiding the Neighbor Kids

I've enjoyed corresponding with a number of people about school choice and charters lately, and the issue of parent empowerment has come up repeatedly. I see two possible ways that parent empowerment can function: 1. Parents become empowered to demand excellence from their community schools, and ad...

August 13, 2012

School Choice & Social Capital

Over the past few months, I've met many fantastic educators who work in charter schools, and I certainly have no gripe with them. Charter schools are great labs for innovation, and I'm glad they exist. Having a small number of charter schools is probably a good thing. Too often, though, complex pol...

August 02, 2012

Parent Trigger's First Test Case: An Interview With Yolie Flores

Yolie Flores is President & CEO of Communities for Teaching Excellence, and a former LAUSD school board member. I asked her a few questions regarding the first successful use of California's parent trigger law in Adelanto, CA. On Performance: Do you think the primary impact of California's law will...

January 19, 2012

Charter Rhetoric Heating Up in WA State

Despite being voted down by citizens three times, charter schools are again up for consideration by the WA state legislature, with many backers. A Tacoma News-Tribune editorial offers this circuitous rationale: Charter public schools are hardly the most important reform out there, but they do serve...

April 25, 2011

Vouchers and "Gold Standard" Research

@eduleadership The "still not dead" voucher issue came up again recently when Jay Mathews of WaPo pointed out an updated study from the Foundation for Educational Choice, which claims that vouchers have positive effects on both participating students and non-participating students who remain in pub...

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