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In The State Education Agency: At the Helm, Not the Oar, Andy Smarick and Juliet Squires do a great job explaining the challenges state education agencies face when they try to make lasting reforms. But as they advocate for smaller SEAs that do most of their work through contracts and partnerships, they ignored a significant […]

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Education policy advisors and advocates attended a reception to celebrate my appointment as Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education. The event was co-hosted by Adam Shapiro and Social Driver. The special guest was U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine who spoke eloquently about his connection to Kris and the importance of school […]

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On the Road #3 – The Plan (Arizona) According to the laws of Arizona, the state board of education is directed to “Determine the policy and work undertaken by it.” In other words, as a body whose existence is spelled out in the state’s constitution, the board has both the opportunity and the responsibility for […]

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On the Road to the New State Board Member Institute I had no idea my first slide was going to turn out to be a laugh line. Let me explain: When you give a lot of speeches, you pretty much know when people are going to laugh. So as I prepared my presentation to board […]

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On the Road 1 – Sitting at the board table in Rhode Island It has been a few years since I sat at a board table. So I was thrilled when Eva-Marie Mancuso, who chairs the Rhode Island Board of Education, extended me that courtesy at their regular July meeting on July 15, which also […]

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