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Democrats for Education Reform Names Nicole Brisbane as New York State Director

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Devin Boyle | 202.445.0416 | Devin@dfer.org

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Democrats for Education Reform Names Nicole Brisbane as New York State Director

New York - August 12, 2014 - Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) announced today that it has hired Nicole Brisbane to serve as New York State Director. Brisbane comes to DFER from Teach for America, where she led new site development efforts as part of the national team.

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DFER News Roundup

DFER News Roundup

By Stephanie Doctrow, Communications Coordinator and Web Editor and Bianca Dorsey, Communications Intern

Featured:

DFER Seen & Heard:

  • Joe Williams participated in RedefinED Online’s series on the Democratic Party’s growing divide over education reform and school choice with a column about how suburban parents may hold the key to a resolution. 
  • The Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Nadra Nittle covered California DFER’s inaugural panel discussion, “Education in a Post-Vergara World.” 
  • Barr discussed the importance of bringing Democrats together to discuss meaningful education reform in Politico’s Morning Education.
  • DFER Political Director Patrick Van Keerbergen spoke to Politico’s Maggie Severns about The DFER List and DFER’s 2014 election priorities.

Advocacy, Policy Briefs & Such:

  • Statement | David Boies Explains Why He Will Chair Partnership for Educational Justice 

DFER Blog:

  • Policy Analyst Marianne Lombardo analyzes the relationship between state public charter school policies and charter student learning outcomes. 
  • Policy Analyst Mac LeBuhn writes, “Heading the wrong way: Ravitch’s view of Ed policy intersects with the right wing group.”

In Related News:

  • Journalist Richard Whitmire also contributed to redefinED Online’s series on the Democratic Party’s growing divide over education reform and school choice.
  • Campbell Brown appeared on The Colbert Report and Morning Joe (with attorney David Boies) discussing the Partnership for Educational Justice’s teacher tenure lawsuit.
  • The New York Times’ Motoko Rich reported on attorney David Boies’ chairmanship of the Partnership for Educational Justice.
  • “Whoever is restricting access to public charter schools, they — and only they — are responsible for lotteries,” Mike Magee writes in the Providence Journal.
  • EdWeek’s Alyson Klein reports on what changes could happen in national education policy if Republicans take over the Senate in November.

Fun With Infographics & More:

  • Infographic | Democratic Mayors at Head of the Class on Charter/District Collaboration

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Is there a relationship between state public charter school policies and charter student learning outcomes?

By Marianne Lombardo, Policy Analyst

In late May, The Fordham Institute announced a “Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon” to help answer the question: “Why do charters in some cities and states perform much better than their traditional district counterparts, while others perform worse?” Several thought leaders provided insightful responses.

This got us thinking about the relationship between public charter rating systems and student performance. So, we decided to dig deeper by comparing state scores on two rating systems (one by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and one by the Center for Education Reform) against student achievement. For the latter, we used CREDO’s National Charter School Study comparing learning gains made by public charter school students to gains made by similar students in traditional district schools.

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Democratic Mayors at Head of the Class on Charter/District Collaboration

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Created by DFER's Communications Coordinator and Web Editor, Stephanie Doctrow

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David Boies Explains Why He Will Chair Partnership for Educational Justice

"Liberals always want equal opportunity."

- Democratic super-lawyer David Boies, explaining why he will be chairman of the Partnership for Educational Justice, which is challenging the impact of teacher tenure on New York State school kids.

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