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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)...

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...

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...

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...

Chalkbeat’s great piece on the “neighborhood schools” definition dance

The term “neighborhood school” gets thrown around a lot in the education conversation, oftentimes as kind of the anti-thesis of charter and “choice” schools. As in: “The district should focus more on neighborhood schools and less on charter schools.” Or...

“I think this is going to go downhill.’ And it did’

“When he came in the classroom, I immediately told my classmates, ‘Get your phones out, get your phones out. I think this is going to go downhill.’ And it did.” That’s what Spring Valley High School student Niya Kelly told...

Would the real Goliath please stand up? (Or at least stop pretending to be David)

“This is a David vs. Goliath issue.” That was the defense that Colorado educator and activist Angela Engel used in this Chalkbeat Colorado story to defend the plagiarism of Denver school board candidate Kristi Butkovich, who used the thoughts of...

Parents, step up to the mic on testing

OK, I think I’ve waited long enough. We’re far enough into the school year (and far enough into my blog) that it’s safe to talk about testing, right? Good, I’ll make it quick. I like tests—tests of character, tests of...

Local debates not immune from political bluster

There was a small, local school board debate in Denver Tuesday night, but it had some of the big-time bluster and grandstanding that’s more common on the national stage. Kristi Butkovich, running in Southeast Denver against incumbent Anne Rowe for...

Arne the Meddler

Everyone seems to agree that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a nice guy who cares a lot about kids. The question up for debate is: Is he a Meddler? You know, a budinski—prone to sticking one’s nose in...