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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...