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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...

Wanna reduce opt-outs? Shut up and listen

Chalkbeat Colorado’s Eric Gorski has a great, insightful story this morning about our state’s opt-out push. It suggests that there’s somewhat of a stalling in the effort to get students to blow off PARCC, the state’s standardized test. Gorski summarizes...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...