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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...

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,...

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...