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Friday Churn: Rhee & Spellings show


What’s churning

Michelle Rhee and Margaret Spellings are due in Denver on Sept. 13 to talk about business involvement in school reform. The event is being organized by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Rhee, former Washington, D.C., schools chief and a familiar figure on the ed reform lecture circuit, was last in Denver in May (see story).

Spellings, now with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and education secretary under President George W. Bush, was in Denver last fall for a screening of “Waiting for Superman,” which features Rhee prominently.

The upcoming event will be Sept. 13 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Westin Hotel downtown. If you’re interested, click here to register.

Did you miss the first meeting of the Educational Success Task Force earlier this week?

EdNews did too, but if you’re interested you can listen to a recording of the meeting by clicking here. The panel of legislators and citizens is assigned to study ways to reduce the state’s college remediation problem. Search our database for the remediation rates for graduates of individual districts and high schools. And use this database to find out which Colorado colleges graduates of specific high schools attend.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Cherry Creek, Aurora cancel board elections – Elections are expected to be lively for school board seats in Denver, Douglas County and Jefferson County but the Denver Post reports Cherry Creek and Aurora school districts are canceling elections because their soon-to-be vacant school board seats are uncontested.

A former teachers union chief starts a charter school – The Los Angeles Times reports A.J. Duffy, the former head of the Los Angeles teachers union, is opening his own charter school – and he wants to make  it harder for teachers there to earn tenure.

First charter schools open in England – The BBC reports that 24 “free schools” – based on American charter schools – are opening for the first time in that country in coming weeks.