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Thoughts from the National Charter Schools Conference

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I attended a session this morning at the National Charter Schools Conference on whether the charter movement can follow through on its accountability promise of closing low-performing charter schools. It's a critical topic for reasons too obvious to lay out here.

Fact is that too many states (though generally not New York) haven't been closing low-performing charter schools, and it isn't because we are wringing our hands about interfering with parent choice.

The Case of the Missing 20 Yards

Friday, June 17, 2011

In today’s NYT, we read about the mystery of the missing 20 yards from Lehman High School’s football fieldówhich will somehow still be missing even after a nearly $4 million remodel. Where are those missing yards? If you listen to the bureaucrats at the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, you would be led to believe that the US Army Corps of Engineers owns the land and won’t give it up.

Humility

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Joe Nocera, writing in his new column on The New York Times Op-Ed page, accuses the education reform movement of hubris and prescribes reformers a dose of humility as to what reform can and cannot accomplish. I’ll leave to others to point out that the beliefs attributed to the movement are straw men. But given that there is clearly such a perception, a glimpse at how humble most actual reformers are is certainly worthwhile.

Many years ago, I sat at LaGuardia airport with a group of talented school leaders, including David Levin,

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