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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...
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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...
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Coffee Break: Kunjan Narechania on the Change That Has Made the Biggest Difference For NOLA Kids

Kunjan Narechania is chief operating officer at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she leads the internal operations at the Recovery School District in New Orleans and the state’s school-choice office. She started her career as a teacher in Durham,...
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Coffee Break with Oakland Supt. Antwan Wilson

On July 1, 2014, Antwan Wilson became the superintendent of Oakland Unified School District—a district that was in state receivership from 2003-2010 and has been plagued, like so many urban districts, by leadership churn. He brought with him a stellar track...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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