All posts by: Mike Vaughn

Coffee Break with Principal Sharif El-Mekki

Sharif El-Mekki didn’t come to a career in education right away, but the families in his boyhood Philadelphia neighborhood sure are glad he found his way there. As the principal of a Mastery charter school serving the West Philadelphia neighborhood...

A Coffee Break with Mapleton’s Charlotte Cianicio

Originally published at EducationPost.org On the northern edge of Denver sits a cutting-edge school district that has made remarkable progress over the past decade in serving primarily low-income families. Charlotte Ciancio has been the superintendent of Mapleton Public Schools since 2001, and she’s...

5 reasons to pay attention to an actual education-focused election this November

For those of us who thought that the political conventions might bring to the presidential campaign a modicum of calm, rational discourse about the policies our country, particularly its schools, needs to move forward, it’s been disappointing to instead get…a...

Millions of philanthropic dollars for cash-strapped public schools. Who could be against that?

A story in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times has this headline: “Group vows to rescue L.A. students one good school at a time.” It goes on to detail the official launch of Great Public Schools Now, a new movement that will...

Calling out Colorado’s attempt at ‘sleight of hand’ on school accountability

The Washington DC-based Civil and Human Rights Coalition yesterday issued a blistering statement about the Colorado Department of Education’s proposed changes to its performance ratings for schools. “Colorado’s proposal isn’t a plan for accountability,” Wade Henderson, the Coalition’s president, said....

Waking up to the realities of the tired American high school

  It’s graduation season, and there’s lots to celebrate. More kids than ever are making it to the commencement stage, and there are glimmers of hope that high schools are starting to evolve and diversify to meet the needs of...

Colorado’s education dysfunction…and revolving door

Last week, the new Colorado education commissioner abruptly announced that, effective immediately, he was now the old Colorado education commissioner. The departure of Richard Crandall and the subsequent appointment of Katy Anthes as the interim commissioner bring us to a...

More fed meddling; now it’s school-funding math and supplement, not skim

Here we go again. We have another “meddler” running the US Department of Education. The successor to “Arne the Meddler” is US Secretary of Education John King, who I’m guessing is being referred to something along the lines of King...

LA teachers’ union’s unmitigated case of “system-itis”

The Los Angeles teachers union just spent $82,000 on a report that concludes that the thousands of Los Angeles families who are choosing to send their children to charter schools are costing the LA school district a half-billion dollars annually....

Appreciating Common Core’s ‘Math Monsters’

Today wraps up Teacher Appreciation Week. There’s been lots of good stuff at Twitter’s #ThankATeacher. Our Education Post “Coffee Break” features a phenomenal math teacher, Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, this week (and includes–at no extra cost!–a sneak peek at what sounds like...