Michael Vaughn

Guest Blogger

Former Communications Director, Education Post

Denver, Colorado

Michael Vaughn was the founding Communications Director of Education Post. Prior to that, Mike worked for 18 years in the communications offices of two urban school districts. He served in a variety of communications roles for the Chicago Public Schools starting in 1996, shortly after Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of CPS, and eventually served as the district’s Communications Director until Arne Duncan’s appointment as U.S. Secretary of Education in 2009. Mike then served for five years as the Chief Communications Officer for the Denver Public Schools, a national leader in ed reform.

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Posted July 25, 2018

Coffee Break: North Carolina’s Wanda Legrand Knows Students Can’t Be Successful Unless They Feel Loved

“We’ve not done enough to make students feel valued for their differences,” says Wanda Legrand, the new chief schools support…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2018

Coffee Break: Yamuna Menon on Connecticut Choice and Cinnabon Coffee

It’s been a four-year dry spell for charter schools in Connecticut. Yamuna Menon is working to put an end to…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

Coffee Break: De’Shawn Wright on Being Destined for Public Service and Finding Purpose in Education

De’Shawn Wright has spent more than 15 years serving in senior leadership posts in government and the nonprofit sector and…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

Coffee Break: This Florida Educator Has Opened Her County’s Doors to the World

Leslie Brown is Chief Portfolio Services Officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. She is also part of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Illinois’ School-Funding Law

(T)he clock is ticking for Illinois’ public schools, most of which are counting on their first slice of their shared…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Coffee Break: Broward Supt. Bob Runcie on How Public Schools Can Carve the Path to the American Dream

Bob Runcie has led Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth-largest district) since 2011, after serving in several leadership…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

Colorado Is Showing Everyone Up in Funding Its Charter Schools

Can you feel that tension? It’s just about everywhere in this country. A mighty tug of war between traditional public…

By Lane Wright, Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 5, 2021

School Discipline Is the Modern Day Chattel Slavery and Damn Near Everybody Is In On It

Let me drop some numbers on y’all real quick. We know that starting as early as Pre-K, Black students are three times more likely to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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