That gets to the real problem with Trump—which is that, as an aspiring executive, he is Barack Obama's spiritual heir. Yep, you read that right.

I think the idea of XQ is appealing. But I start to get nervous when I see this whole goofy "super schools" stuff.

He looked up in the mirror. "Like I said, none of that tells me why these charters are good for my kids. You convince me that charter schools are good for my kids and for my neighborhood, too, and I won't give a flip what an HBO comedian thinks. I'll bet the same goes for a lot of other folks."

A speech like this is where Trump's lack of thoughtfulness or a meaningful policy operation really comes into play.

In the midst of a lazy August, the run-up to Trump's education week prompted a mini-frenzy in D.C. education circles. And how did the Trump campaign actually spend the week?

LEAP's focus on fluid, informal feedback struck me as a great opportunity for teacher development, and it will be exciting to see how this innovative new structure plays out.

So just what is this new LEAP initiative, and how will change the status quo?

This week on RHSU, I'll give you the low-down on LEAP, starting with its inception and how it will change its predecessor in the D.C. public school system.

With many things in life, the devil is in the details, the education regulatory process included.

The disconnect between support for closure policy in the abstract and closure policy in reality is illustrated by the fact that very few schools were actually shut down under NCLB or SIG.

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