Choosy Kids Choose Choice

A wealthy Colorado county strives to become the choiciest place in America

It’s one of the great unfairnesses of our time: why are kids on the wrong side of the excellence gap getting all of the “choice”? Now, thanks to the bold innovativeness of one Colorado county, kids on the right side of the excellence divide may soon have all of the choices they can choose from. Welcome to Douglas County, the wealthiest county in all of Colorado—and soon to be the choiceiest. Continue reading →

Greetings from the Rephormiest Place in America

Pioneers for excellence and choice break ground on what will be the 13th charter school in Douglas County, Colorado, the rephormiest place in America.

Reader: nothing brings me more joy each day than the arrival of the EduShyster mailbag. Will it contain a shiny alert from one of the interchangeable #edreform PAC-lets, trumpeting vaguely and ominously about parents’ rights? Or perhaps there is to be news of a fresh new study boldly claiming the need for freshness and innovation in our schools—if we are to begin to try to meet the anticipated needs of tomorrow today…

Alas, the EduShyster mailbag contained something far more delightful: a postcard from an EduShyster premium reader who happens to find herself living, teaching and parenting in one of the rephormiest places in the US of A: Douglas County, Colorado. For those of you who have not been able to experience the excellence and innovation in the Centennial State’s eighth most populous county for yourselves, allow me to summarize for you. There was a lot of Standing for Children, followed by a surging grassroots movement demanding Excellent Teachers and Excellent Leaders, the creation of a bold new system that rewards Merit and Excellence in our Schools as well as a Blueprint for Choice. Now, like pioneers in a covered wagon, the children of Douglas County are hurtling towards World Class Outcomes, a new generation of creative, financially literate critical thinkers, globally aware problem solvers, and adaptable, ethical, resilient collaborators. Continue reading →