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David Pickens Joins Us from Chicago Public Schools

DC School Reform Now is proud to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director, David Pickens. David comes to us from Chicago Public Schools where he most recently was Chief of Staff to the Chicago Board of Education. Prior to that, he was the Deputy to the CEO where his primary function was to serve as Senior Advisor and system-wide manager to then-CEO Arne Duncan. David has also served as a teacher and school administrator in Chicago.

Parents Have a Right to Know If Their Children’s Teachers Are Highly Effective

In a speech in Little Rock on Wednesday, Secretary Duncan called for greater transparency of teacher value-add measures and evaluation metrics, arguing that such information benefits parents, students and teachers. Ed Week offers a useful analysis of his remarks:


This week, schools across the District opened on schedule, with students ready to learn in safe, clean, and well-stocked classrooms. The many improvements to public school buildings and the organized, hassle-free first day is a credit to DCPS principals and administrators. The Washington Post covered the first day of school this Monday:

“Summer vacation ended Monday morning for hundreds of thousands of students in the Washington region, and early reports indicated few problems…”

Efforts to revamp schools by Maryland, D.C. result in $325 million

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson reports on the exciting news that D.C. is one of ten winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition. The District’s groundbreaking teacher’s contract, innovative IMPACT evaluation system, improvements to infrastructure and building quality, and excellent charter schools have secured $75 million for education reform:

Who’s Teaching L.A.’s Kids?

The Los Angeles Unified School District has spent years ignoring the implications of value-added data for measuring teacher effectiveness. Now, they may no longer be able to do so, as the L.A. Times has obtained the scores of 6,000 teachers and plans to publish a database ranking each teacher’s effectiveness. The paper has released the first in a series of stories examining the enormous impact high-quality teachers can have on children from all backgrounds.

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