Friday catchall: Job opportunities and quick reads

The always-terrific Center for Reinventing Public Education continues to lead when it comes to thinking about and cataloguing the changing nature of urban K–12 delivery. Their latest update to the “portfolio implementation snapshot tool” is eye-opening and will help you keep apprised of one of the most important developments in systemic reform. Something to consider: of the top three entities, two are nontraditional districts, and the other may very well be on the verge of a 180 because of politics. Fascinating stuff.

Democrats for Education Reform is out with a quick, smart, snarky report. If you’re a reform-friendly Dem, it’ll make you snicker. If you’re a reform-oriented GOPer, it’ll probably sting. The gist is this: the proposal to grow the federal charter schools program puts Republicans in a tough position—keep federal spending down and reduce Uncle Sam’s role in K–12 or support a highly successful program that has greatly advanced school choice?

Philanthropy Roundtable’s K–12 program does superb work. They bring together donors and the best individuals and organizations in the field to solve our most challenging problems. The director position is open. Check it out. You’ll be able to make a big difference, engage with ed-reform and philanthropic leaders, and stay up to date on the newest, most innovative, and most promising developments.

Speaking of job opportunities with terrific organizations, CEE-Trust has several openings that you might want to consider. The nation’s umbrella and support group for the emerging and extraordinarily important urban “harbormaster” organizations, CEE-Trust is helping to fundamentally reform K–12 delivery and governance in America’s cities. If you’re interested in systemic reform and helping disadvantaged inner-city kids access better schools, these opportunities might be right for you.

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