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Wait, Who Chooses My Kid’s School?

Feb 25 2014

Betheny Gross discusses the benefits and challenges of universal enrollment systems in cities with a high degree of school choice.

Shortsighted board action in L.A.

Feb 14 2014

Robin Lake questions the reasons behind the L.A. school board's decision not to renew two Aspire Public Schools charters.

What Does It Mean to ‘Engage’ the Public?

Feb 6 2014

Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement

A Tale of Two (Charter) Cities

Jan 27 2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.

Columbus Children Falling Through the Cracks

Jan 21 2014

Paul Hill comments on the recent charter school debacle in Columbus, Ohio, and the need for a new, community-wide K-12 governance system.

Asking the Hard Questions about District-Charter Collaboration

Jan 15 2014

Sarah Yatsko discusses the district-charter collaboration efforts that are - and are not - worth the time.

The Big Message from NAEP TUDA

Dec 20 2013

Paul Hill's takeaway from the NAEP TUDA scores: the problem of educating low-income and minority children in big cities is still waiting to be solved.

What the NAEP TUDA Results Don’t Tell Us

Dec 19 2013

Robin Lake writes that the NAEP TUDA results—and the reaction they cause—are a reminder of the need for meaningful educational outcome data in cities.

Washington's Charter Schools May Not Be "Common" But They ARE Public

Dec 13 2013

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.

Don’t Manage Talent by Remote Control

Dec 10 2013

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.

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