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The “ins” and “outs” of testing season

Last year at about this time, “opt out” was ubiquitous in the education conversation. In Colorado and many states, it was the first year of the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests (which are widely considered tougher and better tests), and the accountability-averse...
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My education in March Madness bracketology

Ready for March Madness? Filled out your bracket yet? I just finished mine. I’ve come up with a foolproof, satisfaction-guaranteed system that I’m going to share with you, free of charge. It’s the byproduct of years of torn-to-shreds-by-first-Friday-night frustration. I’m...
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My open mind on vouchers finds affluent-suburban version a real headscratcher

Five years ago, the issue of school vouchers showed up in the unlikeliest of places—affluent Douglas County, a suburban district (and my home district) south of Denver. That original vouchers-for-people-who-already-have-school-choice program is now stalled in the courts. Then yesterday, five...
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‘Power tends to corrupt’? Look away from campaign trail…and to Washington

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” –John Emerich...
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Opting in to testing…AND great teaching

With February just about in the rear-view mirror, we’re headed toward spring…and testing season. I’ve written about standardized testing from a parent perspective. Here’s a teacher’s perspective from Jim Furman (who blogs at elevatedteaching.com) on the debate over how the new...
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Is the New York Times out to get Success Academy?

“A witch hunt” and “teacher bashing.” Those words came up over and over again throughout Friday’s Success Academy press conference called by CEO Eva Moskowitz in response to a New York Times story that includes video of a Success Academy...
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We can’t get away from the guns

We can’t get away from the guns. When our family moved from Chicago to Denver about five years ago, guns were a part of the reason. I had worked as the main spokesperson for the Chicago Public Schools for many...
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The top choice in school choice systems is finally clear

Someone finally got it right on who’s got the best school choice system. Every now and again I’d come across a research paper that ranks big-city school districts on the system they have in place for families to find and...
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Our SchoolChoice experience in Denver

The SchoolChoice enrollment period in the Denver Public Schools wraps up today. I wrote about the DPS single-application system here yesterday, from a broad, “good-policy” perspective. Here’s a guest post with a personal perspective from Denver dad and blogger Jim...
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The fight(?!) over school choice

This is National School Choice Week, and in a lot of cities it’s the time of year when families who have the power to choose a public school for their children are checking out their options and putting their application(s)...
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Getting the PARCC conversation out of ‘Park’

We’ve finally started to receive our student-level results here in Colorado from the first year of PARCC tests, which were given way back in the halcyon days when Donald Trump was just a reality TV creature. During the interim 10...
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Colorado’s ACT-SAT shuffle has been awkward, but it’s the right move

Having trouble staying in step with Colorado’s ACT-SAT-ACT shuffle? Not sure even Fred and Ginger could keep up. In this guest post, Jim Furman—a local blogger who teaches high school in Denver and is currently on a one-year leave to be a...
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A special opening for better access, better service in schools

“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.” —E.B. White “The go-to narrative on the relationship between districts and charter schools is generally one of mistrust and competition, but...
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The Colorado PARCC conversation: voices from the boardroom and the classroom

One of the things that I was most excited about when we launched Education Post last year was the chance to focus on getting more voices from the classroom into the conversation about public education. For too long, that debate...
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Real ed-reform continues dominance in Denver; bad night for far Right in Colorado

Thanks to a Kansas City Royals-esque late-inning comeback in the middle of the night, reform candidates in Denver extended their winning streak in Board of Education elections here to 7. Reform candidates were 4-0 in 2013 and 3-0 this year,...
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Maybe we need to “teach to the gif”?

In case you haven’t heard, NAEP scores are out, and they’re not good. I won’t bore you with a lot of wonky analysis…mostly because I’m not smart enough to. But, lucky for us, I know people who are. So click...
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