Recent blog posts by Joe
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.
Jul 03, 2013
The latest CREDO National Charter School Study hit the education reform space accompanied by a flurry of analysis. Maybe it’s unsurprising, but a lot of the blanket critiques and big picture conversation around these findings miss the most salient points.
Apr 23, 2013
Starting next year, more than 1,300 additional students in DC will have access to Tier 1 public schools. The method of ranking that enabled this is not rocket science. The authorizing board determines if the school is performing academically and if parents want to send their children there. If the answer is yes to both questions, then the board will likely vote to increase enrollment.
Apr 18, 2013
I hear the argument that there’s a problem with tying funding to students all the time, and all I can think is, “How odd.” Why? Because the implicit counter-argument is that adults working in the school district are the ones who should be funded.
Mar 01, 2013
With district schools around the country facing closure, one has to wonder: Were the school leaders in charge ever given the freedom to lead their schools to success? Or are the schools and their principals simply scapegoats for poorly designed strategies pushed down from the district central office?
Feb 21, 2013
The CREDO finding everyone missed: A model that outperforms charter schools, CMOs & district schools
As expected, the new report on quality in the charter school sector from Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) hit the education reform space with a splash. But most commenters missed one key finding: Schools that contract with independent school support organizations perform better than CMOs, independent charter schools and traditional public schools.