Lane Wright is a father of three in Tallahassee, former press secretary for Governor Rick Scott, and current editor for Education Post, a national education nonprofit focused on creating better conversations around improving our schools. Another crosspost from The Capitolist. Dear Gwen Graham, Some people may think you’re out of touch, or that you fake outrage, […]
What The Iraq War And These Jax Charter Schools Have In Common
Lane Wright is a father of three in Tallahassee, former press secretary for Governor Rick Scott, and current editor for Education Post, a national education nonprofit focused on creating better conversations around improving our schools. Reach him on Twitter @lanewrightme Crosspost from The Capitolist. To say Arrealious Preston struggled in school would be an understatement. He […]
Parents Helping Parents- BRILLIANT!
Los Angeles schools have over 500 parent centers inside schools, staffed by paid parents! All the usual stuff we know about parent engagement is happening, but there are a few unexpected uses also. Parents sampling new standardized tests and rolling out the new online school dashboard are among the cool ways the district is sharing […]
RealTalk From EdTalk 2017- Focused On Every Single Learner
EdTalk 2017 took place on Saturday morning. This is where Broward Schools reports out to the community about its performance in the past year, where the district is headed and why. And we, the education consumers, are asked for feedback. This year’s event was at Hollywood Hills High School, rather than the Convention Center. The […]
Trick or Treat! Oh, Sorry…These Reading Scores Are Actually NOT A Halloween Prank.
Great story in the Tennessean from my friend Vesia Hawkins. She puts a very real face to the crisis of literacy in her home town of Tennessee, where only a THIRD of kids in 3rd-8th grade are reading proficient. I had to share this story for so many reasons: Broward has been addressing this very […]
It’s done. Broward filed the lawsuit against Florida’s HB 7069 on Monday, 10/16. Twelve districts joined Broward in calling out the new law for unconstitutionally increasing the authority of charter “Schools of Hope,” while lowering their accountability and threatening school funding. But, supporters of HB 7069 say it’s about time low performing traditional public schools […]
When All Else Fails, Should You Phone A Friend?
When I plan an awesome vacation to some country I’ve never visited, I call my friend Kathy. I can almost guarantee that she’s been there and had a great time. She’s one of those people. You know, the ones that can tell you the best time to go, how to avoid the overpriced tourist traps, […]
Top Ratings and Building Issues: Robert Runcie Aces His Annual Review
“A” ratings all around. Looks like Broward Schools Superintendent, Robert Runcie, is having a much different experience from last year. In his 2016-17 annual performance review he was rated “highly effective” by 6 or 9 board members. “The key element to successful schools is found in strong school leadership … and the model Mr. Runcie […]
Bad Schools Are Like Restaurants With Cockroaches; We Like Them Until We Find The Cockroaches
Researching all day long (which I have no time to do), I still wouldn’t understand if my kid’s school is giving them everything they need. Parents need the experts, the food inspectors, to go check the kitchen and tell us if there are roaches. Otherwise, if my kid is happy and healthy I may just […]
When It Storms On Education: A Teacher’s View
Nothing signals a return to normal as taking our kids back to school after a hurricane. But, the truth is what happens between the time we all secure our homes and when our kids return to school (and even after return) often goes unseen. We forget teachers are parents too, and schools never really close. […]