Contrary to early media reports that the Washington State charter school law was found unconstitutional, the judge actually upheld the entire charter law, with some minor exceptions, Robin Lake writes.
Michael DeArmond cautions that state-mandated teacher evaluation systems can weaken principals’ ability to manage teacher talent and urges flexibility for schools that have purposeful HR systems.
Robin Lake cautions those who want to support portfolio efforts need to be skeptical of people who adopt the word without being serious about implementing the reform.
Robin Lake writes that reinventing public education is about managing problems and trying to find the best solutions, rather than about applying a pure "model" that will work everywhere.
Robin Lake writes about L.A. Supt. John Deasy's possible resignation and the need to fix the systems and structures that get in the way of school improvement for urban students.
Paul Hill offers three lessons for reform leaders and supporters to reduce the misunderstandings and resentments that predispose voters to accept anti-reform, anti-charter rhetoric.