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The Danger of Too Much “Here’s Why He’s Bad” and Too Little “Here’s How I’ll Help You”

It goes without saying that I’m surprised and upset by the outcome of this election. My surprise quickly turned into sadness, anger, and hopelessness, which was hard to swallow, because the night before I was hopeful. I even wrote about it. I took...

Helping Show the Full Picture of Our Cities’ Schools

I felt like I was being yanked from one of the best jobs in the Chicago Public Schools and being shunted off to one of the worst. It was 2001, and Mayor Richard M. Daley had recently named Arne Duncan...

Rescued from the Cruelest Cub Agony by a Most Unlikely Hero

Even though I had braced myself against it (as I’m sure most longtime Cub fans had), my knees still buckled when the Rajai Davis rocket cleared the left-field wall and erased the lead in the eighth inning of Game 7...

On the Wire…

Election Wire Two high-profile ballot initiatives that involve charter-school expansions were defeated last night. But choice-friendly Board of Education candidates in Oakland, Indianapolis, and New Orleans fared well. Charter Cap Still Firmly in Place in Massachusetts Massachusetts voters soundly rejected...

The opt-out cop-out is petering out

The first batch of Colorado results from last spring’s state standardized testing are back, and they’re encouraging—both from a participation and achievement standpoint. Since the state switched to the Common Core-aligned PARCC assessments two years ago, there’s been a push...

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...

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...

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....