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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Charter school news & views

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1. Enrollment hit the Wisconsin virtual charter cap with 1,000 kids on the waiting list. It’s crazy to limit options for...

Shalvey: passing the torch, leaving legacy

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At the end of May, Don Shalvey handed the helm of Aspire Public Schools to James Willcox.  While in San Carlos,...

Duncan needs a big lever to close 5000 bad schools

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Edu-curmudgeon Diane Ravitch wants to kill NCLB and go back to local control.  Most folks working in education would agree with...

NJ charters get great grad rates

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Full post of press release from NJ Charter Assoc (since they don't seem to have it posted on their site).  This is great...

Can ‘embracing geekness’ help improve schools?

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A reporter asked me this today.  The question of motivating American kids is an interesting and important one with limited associated...

Incentive peanut butter

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I’m worried that Duncan (and George Miller) is facing increasing pressure to spread the $4.3B Incentive fund around like political peanut...

Teacher effectiveness debate: good schools attract good teachers

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The ‘good teachers make all the difference’ research is now driving edu-investment.  The theory goes: make good teachers, schools get better. ...

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