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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....