Michael Vaughn

Michael Vaughn joined Education Post as Director of Communications after working for 18 years in the communications offices of two urban school districts. He worked with the leadership teams of Paul Vallas and Arne Duncan in the Chicago Public Schools from the time Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of CPS to Duncan’s appointment as U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past five years, Mike served as the Chief Communications Officer for the Denver Public Schools, the nation’s fastest-growing urban school district in enrollment and a national leader in the areas of school choice and teacher recruitment and development.

Mike has a communications degree from Marquette University, and before his career in public education, he ran a string of community newspapers in suburban Chicago. He is married to Cheryl, a surgical nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital, and they have two daughters and two sons in public elementary, middle and high schools in suburban Denver.

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017
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Coffee Break: Angelica Infante-Green on Creating the Nation’s First Dual Language Program for Children With Autism

As a deputy commissioner for the New York State Education Department, Angelica Infante-Green is making a difference in the critical…

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Posted Dec. 29, 2016
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Coffee Break: Santa Claus on All-Nighters, What We Can Do Better for Children, and the Cubs’ World Series Win

Going way back to the days that all of us were kids, one man has been the star of our…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016
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VIDEO: Are Charter Schools Dividing the Black Community?

Making the Grade, a new partnership between Education Week and PBS News Hour, is so cool…and needed. Charter school news…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 16, 2016
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Coffee Break: Phyllis Lockett on What’s Going to Change the Game for Every Student Across America

When school reform first came to Chicago in the mid-1990s, with Mayor Richard M. Daley taking control of the city’s…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016
Chiefs for Change announces the launch of their new cohort of future chiefs at the National Press Club in Washington, DC June 9, 2016.

Coffee Break: Kunjan Narechania on the One Change That Has Made the Biggest Difference For Kids in New Orleans

Kunjan Narechania is chief operating officer at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she leads the internal operations at the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 6, 2016
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As NAACP Vote on Charter Moratorium Nears, Some Background on How Popular and Effective Charter Schools Are for African-American Families

The NAACP National Board has scheduled an Oct. 15 vote on a proposed moratorium on charter schools, which are publicly…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016
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Voices and Facts Against the Planned Chicago Teachers Strike

On October 11, Chicago public school teachers may go on strike for the second time in four years, not including an illegal one-day…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 21, 2016
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Coffee Break: Jack Elsey on How Choice Changed His Future, Detroit’s Tough Conversations, and a Musical Motown Food Fight

While much of Detroit is seeing a resurgence, its public schools are still mostly a mess. Jack Elsey is a…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016
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Coffee Break: Math Teacher Noelani Davis on D.C. Public Schools, Better Professional Development and the Virtues of Stealing

One of the few things that everyone in the education debate generally agrees on is that we need to give…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 8, 2016
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Cereal Break: South Lakewood Elementary First-Grader Logan on Missing Ms. Graeve, Desks in the Big Time and Speed Worksheet-ing

Now that we’re past Labor Day, everybody’s back in school. We all remember the feelings of going back to school.…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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