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August 15, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Former New York Commissioner David Steiner

Back in April, New York's classy commissioner of education David Steiner discreetly announced that he'd be stepping down in July. This was shortly after Cathie Black's tumultuous departure as NYCDOE Chancellor, so David's announcement drew less attention than it probably merited. A lifelong academi...

July 07, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: KIPP Co-Founder Mike Feinberg on KIPP Turbo and His New Gig

Mike Feinberg is co-founder of the KIPP Academies and superintendent of KIPP Houston, which serves more than 6,000 students in 18 schools. In 2007, KIPP Houston announced its "KIPP Turbo" plan, under which it aims to grow into a Pre-K to 12 network of 42 schools. The goal is to enroll 10 percent of...

June 23, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Teacher Eval Guru Charlotte Danielson

There's been a heavy emphasis of late on teacher evaluation, with states and districts making it a pillar of their efforts to rethink tenure, pay, and professional norms. States and districts have adopted systems that rely heavily on observational evaluation to complement or stand in for value-added...

June 20, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: KIPP CEO Richard Barth on the College Completion Challenge

Richard Barth is CEO and President of the KIPP Foundation, supporting KIPP schools that now enroll over 27,000 students at 99 campuses. Just recently, KIPP released its long-term study of its earliest cohorts--those students who had completed eighth grade ten or more years ago from its initial Houst...

April 06, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Rep. Duncan Hunter

On Monday, I had the opportunity to chat with Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), the new chair of the House Education & Workforce Committee's Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. He took the gavel for the first time in January. This means, of course, that Rep. Hu...

February 14, 2011

Straight Up Conversation: Senator Rand Paul on Federal Ed Policy

Last week, I had the chance to talk with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Tea Party favorite, about his views on education policy. Paul, a fierce critic of deficit spending and expansive government, has called for abolishing the federal Department of Education. His recent appointment to the U.S. Senate commit...

February 03, 2011

Straight Up Conversation, Part II: Joel Klein on Lessons Learned & the Changing Ed Landscape

New York City Chancellor Joel Klein announced late last year that he'd be stepping down from his post and taking up a newly created position as CEO of the Education Division at News Corp. On Tuesday, I had the chance to chat with Joel about his tenure, his takeaways, and changes in the reform lands...

February 02, 2011

Straight Up Conversation, Part I: Joel Klein on His New Gig & Ed Innovation

New York City Chancellor Joel Klein announced late last year that he'd be stepping down from his post and taking up a newly created position as CEO of the Education Division at News Corp. Yesterday, I had the chance to chat with Joel about his new job and the promise of educational innovation. R...

December 08, 2010

Straight Up Conversation: Gates's Shalvey on District-Charter "Compact" Initiative

Yesterday, the Gates Foundation announced that district and charter school leaders in nine cities have embraced a "District-Charter Collaboration Compact," in which the district and local charter schools pledge to collaborate in new ways. The nine cities involved are Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Lo...

August 27, 2010

Straight Up Conversation: Louisiana Schools Chief Paul Pastorek Reflects on RTT

Less than a month ago, our earnest Secretary of Education described Louisiana as "leading the way" with data systems that monitor teacher preparation programs and student performance. Louisiana has been ranked a top-ten state for teacher policy, data systems, and charter schooling by the National Co...

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