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Playground Politics – How Up Became Down and What We Do About It

Good morning, CharterFolk. I’m encouraged by the latest news out of West Virginia. The offending language about special education and accountability that I wrote about recently has been removed, which means the bill represents an important step forward for school choice in a state that badly needs it. Many thanks to various people and organizations

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The Great Disconnect of 2021 is Becoming a Massive Chasm

Good morning, CharterFolk. Thanks to many of you for your responses to last week’s post about what CharterFolk is and isn’t. In it I highlighted that we’ve received recent match challenges for the next 100 people who sign up for paid subscriptions. We’ve now made it 20% of the way there, with all of the

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for Greatly More Public Education

Good morning, CharterFolk. Thanks to many of you for passing along compliments about Joe Nathan’s great post from earlier this week. For those of you who missed it, I encourage you to check it out. Thanks also to many of you for responding to our match challenges. We already have nine new paid subscribers from

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2020 CharterFolk Year in Review

Good morning, CharterFolk. CharterFolk began on June 8, 2020 with the post Welcome to CharterFolk. The effort started at a moment of great racial reckoning both for our nation as well as for our movement. We were also in the middle of a great pandemic which has made CharterFolk’s contributions to public education among the

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Reasons for Optimism: A Good Nomination and Appointment

Good morning, CharterFolk. I don’t have a lot to add to what many others have been sharing regarding the nomination of Miguel Cardonas for the US Secretary of Education post. CharterFolk in Connecticut report that Cardonas is someone we can work with. In comparison to virtually all other names that were surfaced in recent weeks,

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Sometimes Getting in the Game is More Courtship than Combat

Listen to as a Podcast (6 minutes) Good morning, CharterFolk. We are coming down to crunch time for Biden’s announcement for US Secretary of Education nominee.  I hope all of you will take a minute to sign Margaret Fortune’s petition opposing Lily Eskelsen Garcia for that role. https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/fighting-against-lily-eskelsen-garcia-for-education-secretary I have written previously about the existential

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What Derrell and Spain Teach Us About Charter School Advocacy

Good morning CharterFolk. Really quite blown away by everyone’s response to the CharterFolk Chat with Andy, Hanna and Derrell. If you haven’t been able to catch a couple of minutes of it, I hope you can sometime this week. They shared some insights that I really think we all need to be paying attention to.

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