Monthly Archives: August 2008

Sumo-wrestling the envelope

One of the trusims of education reform is that large, entrenched school systems resist any substantial change and the best one can do is slowly inch them along. Enter Michelle Rhee. Not content with merely pushing the envelope, Rhee opted … Continue reading

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The logical fallacy of Broader, Bolder

There is a growing division – as seen in this New York Times Magazine article – between the “Broader, Bolder Approach” and the “Education Equality Project.” Greatly simplified, BBA stresses that education strategies focused solely on schools will fail, and encourages investments … Continue reading

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On selling schools

The Urban Land Institute has given DPS a report recommending selling some property immediately to raise money (see Article or Report). Am I the only person who reads this report and thinks it is counting the trees and obscuring the forest? Amid the … Continue reading

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Open? Close? Repeat?

In the past 3 years the Denver BOE has authorized exactly two charter schools now in operation: West Denver Prep (opened 2006) and Denver Venture Academy (opened yesterday). In contrast, in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg just announced that 18 charter … Continue reading

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Negotiating power of unions

Watching the continued dispute between DPS and DCTA over ProComp and other issues, and based on my somewhat cursory knowledge of collective bargaining agreements, I think teacher’s unions are clearly far better negotiators than districts. If I had to choose … Continue reading

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The Theory of New Orleans…

It is simply impossible, Pastorek has come to believe, for a traditional school system, run from the top down by a central administrator, to educate large numbers of poor children to high levels of achievement. “The command-and-control structure can produce marginal … Continue reading

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Is education less productive than other industries?

There was a compelling – and overlooked – perspective in the Denver Post by the ever-interesting Marguerite Roza on how productivity has transformed most American workplaces and some suggestions on applications to education. HERE is the piece.

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