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The New Normal Street – Faster and Slower Trains A-Coming

Good day, CharterFolk. The cross-currents at play in public education and the policy realm are remarkable to behold these days. Rough beasts continue their slouching. Just this week another California AssemblyMember called it quits. This wasn’t an announcement of an impending retirement at the end of a term. This was a “See ya, I’m out

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How the Pandemic Saved Boston Public Schools and is Helping Tighten the Establishment’s Control Over Public Education in Many Blue States

Good morning, CharterFolk. Building on Sunday’s post where I talked about the diminishing political value of using CABIN (charters-all-but-in-name) branding strategies to try to make reform efforts sound more palatable, I wanted to dive back into what is going on in Massachusetts. It’s a state that has so much to say about the condition of

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25x25x25, Pandemic Depletion and the Charter School Advocacy Tax

Good morning, CharterFolk. I start out this morning confessing that I have been struggling with today’s post. I had a draft of it finished in the middle of last week, and I had planned to publish it and then move on to other topics with an additional post before the holidays.  But things kept coming

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Blew’s Blues and Recognizing that We are Not A Silver Bullet But We Are Silver – A New Article Reminds Us Why School District Reform is Elusive and Why Charter School Blowback has Intensified

Weekend’s Greetings, CharterFolk. A few quick things before we get to today’s post. Let’s get on to the post. ________________________________________ I’d like to start off returning to Jim Blew’s smart Contributor Column from last week. In it he lamented that the charter school movement may be more fragile than it’s ever been before. Another title

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The “Sunrising” of Bloomberg Philanthropies on Charter Schools – 8 Things the Announcement Did Incredibly Well, and 3 Things We Need to Focus On Going Forward

Weekend’s Greetings, CharterFolk. I hope you are finding a chance to get a breath between busy weeks. I didn’t want to let Monday come around without commenting on the Bloomberg announcement, which I consider to be some of the most important news to have happened in charterland in the Biden era. But before I turn

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