Not Civil, Not Right

I sat across the aisle from Clifford Thomas at the PEP meeting yesterday. He looked bone tired. Cliff grew up in the projects, eventually making his way to Harvard. He has now returned to New York to start a public charter school in CSD 19. As anyone who has ever…

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Thoughts from the National Charter Schools Conference

I attended a session this morning at the National Charter Schools Conference on whether the charter movement can follow through on its accountability promise of closing low-performing charter schools. It's a critical topic for reasons too obvious to lay out here. Fact is that too many states (though generally not…

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The Case of the Missing 20 Yards

In today’s NYT, we read about the mystery of the missing 20 yards from Lehman High School’s football fieldówhich will somehow still be missing even after a nearly $4 million remodel. Where are those missing yards? If you listen to the bureaucrats at the Department of Education and the School…

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No Win Situation

Today, the Daily News ran a story whose headline and lead sentence implied that the decision of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School to seek space in a privately owned building has resulted in its displacing two day care centers. This couldn't be further from the truth. A careful reading of…

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