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Recent Posts by Sean Gill

October 13, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Shining A New Light on Financial Data

It’s election season, and television brings a seemingly inexhaustible supply of campaign ads. Yet, if there is one issue on which it seems every candidate agrees, it is that government must be made more efficient.  Read More»

August 19, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Public Supports Changing the Status Quo in Education

There’s no doubt that some of the policies for which StudentsFirst advocates challenge the status quo in education. But at the same time, we’ve always believed they are not only well-researched, but common sense.  Read More»

August 14, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Is KIPP’s success due to student attrition?

KIPP – the Knowledge is Power Program – is often heralded as one of the most successful networks of public charter schools.  Read More»

July 02, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Cutting through the Red Tape

Great schools and districts need great leaders. Two recent reports suggest innovative ways that leaders in two critical roles – school principal and district chief financial officer (CFO) – can work to improve schools. Read More»

June 05, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

Pension Systems State by State

Public pension systems continue to be in the news as cities and states struggle to figure out how they can keep their promises to teachers and other public employees.  Read More»

March 04, 2014 posted by Sean Gill

States Should Do More to Secure Retirement Savings for Their Teachers

We should be worried about states’ teacher pension systems. The sad truth is that underfunding is putting teachers’ retirement at risk, and outdated rules create a major barrier in attracting the next generation of great teachers.  Read More»

August 29, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

High School and Public Library Come Together to Form a 21st Century Learning Center

My first job in high school was shelving returned books at my local public library in Carlsbad, California. It was a great job because I got to page through titles that caught my eye, making the hours pass quickly. But what I enjoyed most was helping to open a brand new facility in the fall of 1999.  Read More»

June 27, 2013 posted by Sean Gill

With LCFF, California Sets the Stage to Meet Student Needs

"For me it’s like common sense, but it’s actually revolutionary," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when asked recently about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Read More»