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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Kudos to Alison and Dale for using a scientific approach to hiring and ensuring the best teachers possible are working with their students to achieve their academic goals. Greg Dietz – Maine TWP HS D207

In Response to: Talent Acquisition in a Teacher Economy Squeezed by Shortages and School Choice

Sydney's comment about collaboration among schools generating positive outcomes, sparked a connection about ways to identify common ground. Perhaps situating civil discourse in the context of joint sweat equity, by walking in another's shoes for a day to solve problems…

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

This is a great article that highlights “CHOICE” from all directions. I have worked in/with charter schools and legislators for over 15 years and in many states. If there were more Superintendents like Brevard County, which was one of my…

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

Agreed. We seem to be quick to apply our filter to an action and label it as good or bad according to our view, without really exploring how the action might be a vehicle for the whole community, and our…

In Response to: Lowell Milken and Education Philanthropy

This anecdote is compelling, yet not surprising. While the jargon is the same, the students and social setting have changed. How does today's climate impact this conversation?

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

Wow. I wonder how that figure compares across the country.

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

I'm wondering if the goal might not be to measure teaching as success or failure, but more in shades of gray, to use another cliche. As noted, teaching is complex, very contexual, and ever-changing; however, we do have a strong…

In Response to: Research & the Road to Common Ground on Choice

Agreed. How can we suspend our collective certainty to participate in authentic civil discourse beyond the surface layer?

In Response to: Research & the Road to Common Ground on Choice

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