Recent blog posts by Joe
Jul 29, 2014
The ed reform movement has collectively poured talent into schools; we now need to exert the same energy to build a cadre of professionals qualified to oversee charter authorizing organizations and school portfolio management offices/functions.
Jun 09, 2014
The persistent existence of poor performing charter schools (and lax authorizers) does a disservice to families and children, and puts the entire charter movement – including the substantial number of high-quality schools and charter management operators (CMOs) operating in long underserved communities – at risk.
May 12, 2014
Accountability in the age of unreason: Portfolio school districts’ focus on broader quality measures offers a dose of sanity
As emotions around test-based accountability continue to flare, those of us who have a grasp on what a more nuanced accountability system looks like need to counter fear with the facts – and constantly push for better ways of evaluating school quality.
May 06, 2014
A recent report finds that, on average, charter schools receive $3,418 less per pupil than traditional district schools. Although the report has some weaknesses, a real and troubling disparity in per pupil funding in many cities does families and students a disservice.
Apr 25, 2014
NYC Update: Universal pre-K plans + a new lease on life for charter schools = fresh chance to drive high-quality education
Underserved kids deserve quality options at every stage of education. Vetting schools prior to authorization, regularly evaluating their performance against a clearly defined measurement framework, and replacing schools that do not perform well with those that do are all steps that work.
Mar 13, 2014
As the city's new administration evolves its education policies around pre-K and charter schools, it has a big opportunity to increase the quality of both.
Oct 17, 2013
City leaders who choose to ignore existing portfolios of schools are, in essence, allowing a Wild West environment to perpetuate. Cities that chose to actively manage their portfolios create a much more equitable and quality-driven system of schools.
Aug 26, 2013
No budgeting gimmicks will undo the budget crisis faced by the Chicago Public Schools system. But that doesn't mean recent budget reforms are to blame.
Jul 17, 2013
Achieving citywide consensus on the relationship between cross-sector schools can involve complex choreography. But incremental progress in 16 cities shows that once families experience real benefits of reform, changes are hard to roll back.
Jul 11, 2013
The world is rapidly changing and our institutions, including the school system, must change with it. Portfolio school districts offer a viable model for our times.