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December 14, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New Florida Commissioner Tony Bennett

Yesterday, I chatted with former Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett about his new role as Florida education commissioner.

July 02, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New National Charter Alliance Chief Nina Rees

Nina Rees has just been named the new president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the national organization of the country's charter schools. As of August 20, she'll take the reins from interim president Ursula Wright, who has impressively filled the job for nearly a year. Nina ...

June 11, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Architect and New College Board President David Coleman

The whip-smart and polished David Coleman has been the quiet architect behind the Common Core. With no formal position, he's played a pivotal role in shepherding and selling the work coordinated by the NGA and CCSSO. Of late, he's been spending most of his time as the founding partner of Student A...

May 21, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New NSNO CEO Neerav Kingsland

I recently had a chance to chat with Neerav Kingsland, recently named CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). NSNO has been a pivotal player in New Orleans' post-Katrina reform landscape. A Tulane and Yale Law School alum, Neerav previously served as the chief strategy officer for NSNO. You ma...

March 12, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: TFA Research Chief Heather Harding

Recently, Education Week's "Living in Dialogue" blog featured a number of provocative posts on Teach For America. Phil Kovacs, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, penned a guest post that offered a sharp critique of TFA and the research supporting its efforts. There was ...

March 05, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: Douglas County Supe Liz Fagen

I recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Liz Fagen, superintendent of Douglas County School District in Colorado. Liz is intriguing. She's a superintendent of a fair-sized (60,000 students), suburban, high-performing system who is pushing aggressively forward on controversial efforts ar...

February 06, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: New Louisiana Schools Chief John White

In January, 36-year-old John White took the reins as the state superintendent of education in Louisiana. He was appointed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on a 9-1 vote, inheriting the ambitious reform legacy of his predecessor, Paul Pastorek. White had moved to Louisia...

February 01, 2012

Straight Up Conversation: Departing Kasich Edu-Advisor Bob Sommers on Reform in Ohio

For the past year, Bob Sommers served as newly elected Ohio Governor John Kasich's education advisor and helped to spearhead the Governor's reform efforts. This put Sommers in the thick of things during a year when Ohio enacted an ambitious agenda, including legislation that curtailed collective ba...

October 05, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Math Scholar Hung-Hsi Wu on the Common Core

A few weeks back, I penned a post about the lack of response we'd received regarding our in-the-works Education Next forum on the Common Core math standards. I heard from a number of individuals who offered to defend the standards. One was Hung-Hsi Wu, professor emeritus in mathematics from UC-Ber...

September 08, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Texas Chief Robert Scott

Robert Scott has been the commissioner of education in Texas since 2007. Before that, he was interim commissioner from 2003 to 2004 and chief deputy commissioner from 2004 to 2007 until he was appointed commissioner. Of late, Texas has been in the news for any number of high-profile decisions, incl...

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