The District-Charter Relationship: Is Goodwill Enough?

I’m part of a team that studies District-Charter Collaboration Compacts. How well are these agreements working? They’ve fostered increased goodwill, but that may not be enough. A refresh and refocus is needed for Compacts to achieve their original goal: improving education for all kids in a city by sharing resources and responsibility across sectors.

What Type of Society Do We Want to Live in?

There are lots of provocative ideas in this blog post discussing a new book from John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, but I was most struck by this sentence: “disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise.” I’ve never been a fan of the idea that our country has been in…

Do We Really Need Test Scores?

In a conversation about education reform recently, someone asked me about the focus on test scores and whether that resulted in entirely too much class time on “test prep”. I think it is a risk, to be sure, that “test prep” will consume instruction. But I think several trends mitigate this risk. For one thing,…