Education: School Reforms Called Into Question

January 8 2013, 1:30 PM

Over the past several years, we've written extensively about education reform in Colorado (here, here, and here, among others). Thanks to innovations like the Colorado Growth Model, new laws around educator effectiveness, and success in the federal government's Race to the Top competition, our state has garnered national attention for its efforts to make schools better.

But now that the education reform movement has moved out of its early stages, some are beginning to wonder if the way public education has been reinvented—around a more businesslike model that usually includes a bottom-line focus on results, along with lots and lots of charter schools—is really serving our children all that well. 

If we've learned anything from our past education coverage, it's that there's no perfect way to evaluate schools, and there likely never will be. Between now and June we'll be reporting our annual education issue for the August edition. We welcome any and all suggestions about interesting school trends, institutions or people that are doing something unique and showing results, and any issues—positive or negative—that you think aren't getting the attention they deserve. Yes, evaluation of teachers and schools is exceedingly difficult, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to find that magic formula. 

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