Mary Gifford

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Senior Vice President of Education Policy and External Affairs, K12 Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona

Mary Gifford is the senior vice president of education policy and external affairs for K12 Inc., an online learning provider. She served on the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and as the state superintendent’s appointee for 11 years. She is also the founder and former director of the Arizona Virtual Academy, an online public charter school.

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Posted June 8, 2016

Let’s Get Some Context and Real Reform Around Charter School Graduation Rates

This piece was written in response to posts by Nelson Smith, senior adviser at the National Association of Charter School…

By Mary Gifford

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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