IDEAS, INSIGHT & CIVIL DISCOURSE issue 2 / October 2017

On School Choice

Is it possible to have strong public schools and choice?

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I wonder if the role of leadership, in this context, is to support growth that results in overall positive momentum? The key here, I believe, is to ensure the leader is identifying goals, developing a common understanding with stakeholders, and…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

I would suggest, in addition to the points below, that a common understanding regarding what is meant by 'choice' is also necessary. Achieving a common understanding requires engaging in civil discourse.

In Response to: Is it possible to have strong public schools and choice?

This quote was interesting to me because it simultaneously broadens the scope of considerations about what “choice” in education potentially means, while also narrowing the focus to an individual student’s interests & needs. Too often the political & media dialogue…

In Response to: Is it possible to have strong public schools and choice?

It is so important to make sure that there are clear metrics when considering how to measure progress against standards.

In Response to: Bridging The Gap

This is a particularly interesting statement in the context of the school choice debates. It is another example of how a particular action or behavior does not have to support one side of an argument or the other, but rather…

In Response to: Lowell Milken and Education Philanthropy

When you hold the variables constant in the education equation, the one that has the greatest impact and makes a huge difference is the relationship between the teacher and the student. That is why investing in teachers who understand how…

In Response to: Lowell Milken and Education Philanthropy

This is a real chance to set a clear vision — and now there's also flexibility to pursue those visions. Both Kane and Weingarten are optimistic about what ESSA could be, and both also agree that its success turns on…

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

Not just engage in a new way–but engage in the way that people (including teachers and principals!) imagined them in the first place: a chance to stop senseless checklist exercises and actually help people engage in continuous improvement over time.

In Response to: ESSA Accountability Guidelines Rollback

In an economy where knowledge is king, the solution is a quality education.

— Jeb Bush, Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education