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July 6, 2010

In 2009 the Minnesota legislature created a new statewide platform for the creation of new schools. The Site-Governed Schools law allows for the creation of schools inside districts that enjoy the same autonomy and exemption from state regulation as schools in the chartering sector.

July 2, 2010

Perhaps the best of the interviews with outgoing Minneapolis Superintendent Bill Green was the one which headlined Green's comment about the need to vary the approach to learning — by school or even by student.

July 1, 2010

This article discusses a meeting earlier this spring between two members of teacher professional partnerships, Secretary Duncan, and some his senior staff. Their message: To improve teaching, put the teachers in charge.

June 30, 2010

With the launch of iPhone 4 this week, we move one step further along in the growing disconnect between the capabilities of technology and their prohibition in traditional factory-style of schools.

June 28, 2010

Reasoning Mind is a program for teaching math that successfully personalizes learning while increasing the interest and motivation of students.

June 25, 2010

Guest contributor Tim McClung describes some of the lively discussions in West Virginia this year about student motivation, the profession of teaching, school equity, communities—and ideas and proposals from task forces, workshops, conferences and legislative committees. Most of the fascinating and remarkably different ideas have come from students and younger parents and teachers. But at the end of the day, urgency is not called for.

June 23, 2010

By their early teens many young people today are already living quite adult lives—in the home, on the street—looking not only after themselves but often siblings, neighbors, and their parents. The Cristo Rey model of schools works for inner-city youth, in part, because they treat them as adults and give them real, adult responsibilities.

June 21, 2010

There has been a lot of coverage and argument of Abby Sunderland’s attempted voyage around the world in a sailboat. The core question of this situation seems not to be whether or not a teenager should be allowed (by her parents, by society) to sail a dangerous voyage - but instead whether she qualifies as a competent adult.

June 18, 2010

Guest contributor Paul Hill of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) describes how big city school districts are pulling together many of the best ideas in education reform—small schools, chartering, more spending at the school level and less in the central office, performance-based accountability, continuous improvement and family choice—into a coherent package called a portfolio strategy.

June 17, 2010

To resolve budget deficits schools and political leaders are arguing over whether they should spend more, or cut. Most likely both will happen. While necessary for the short term, these are not long-term strategies. Pressures on budgets will continue, and there have got to be different choices.

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