Michael Vaughn

Michael Vaughn

Staff

Director of Communications, Education Post

Denver, Colorado

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 Mar. 8, 2017
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Coffee Break: Tulsa’s Talia Shaull on Peruvian Coffee, Developing Talented Teachers and Embracing Innovation

Putting the best talent in front of students in every classroom is among the toughest and most important challenges in…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 7, 2017

Statement From Peter Cunningham On Effort to Repeal ESSA Regulations

Below is a statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on the possibility of a Congressional repeal of ESSA…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017
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Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017
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I’m a Liberal But Here’s Why I’m Open-Minded About Vouchers

I have a confession to make: I’m not against vouchers. I’m not entirely for them, either. But I am open-minded. …

By Michael Vaughn

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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…

By Michael Vaughn

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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 Mar. 29, 2017
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If the Louisiana Governor Has His Way, High School Graduates Will Continue to Stay Stuck in Remedial College Courses

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way today, setting higher goals for Louisiana students could be delayed by a year or two and possibly…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Betsy, Can We Really “Uber”-ize Public Education? Here’s Why That’s a Terrible Idea.

This morning, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered a keynote address at the Brookings Institution for the Center on Children and Families’ release of its fifth…

By Madison Gray

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017
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Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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