Monthly Archives: August 2010

Loco control

Defeat often begets a scapegoat.  In the wake of the twice-short Colorado application to R2T, this has now solidified: the judges were “perplexed by local control” which led to a lack of objectivity. This is a familiar refrain — them pointy-headed … Continue reading

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R2T: 2, Colo: 0

I confess my interest and knowledge on Race to the Top is at some small distance: I did not follow the nuances closely, believing (correctly) that the Colorado bid was in good hands, and (incorrectly) that the hard work of … Continue reading

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Public schools aren’t all that

This month in Denver, six new public schools open their doors. Both innovation and charter schools operating autonomously from certain district and union regulations, these programs offer novel approaches ranging from environmental sustainability to language immersion in Mandarin Chinese. Their … Continue reading

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What’s missing from the DPS pension dispute?

What’s missing? Teachers. And that’s a little odd, isn’t it, since it is their pensions primarily at issue, and individually they have the most to gain or to lose.  Now mix in that the same people crying foul over the … Continue reading

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Political fiddling while pensions burn

Gretchen Morgenson, the current dean of financial reporting, covers the DPS pension debate as part of a series on private and public debt.  This particular political pigskin has been kicked enough to shame Jason Elam, but I’m glad it is getting more attention, because … Continue reading

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