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Voices: Introducing a new voice at EdNews

Starting today, you’ll be hearing from a new voice here at EdNews Colorado. After spending the last few years covering education in New York, Georgia and other places around the country, I’m thrilled to be joining the team here as the site’s new managing editor.

I’m excited to be here because I’m a true believer in the mission of EdNews and the Education News Network — that high-quality, independent education journalism can help parents, educators and policymakers make schools better. I cut my reporting teeth at EdNews’ sister site, GothamSchools, and I’m thrilled to be back on a team that shares those goals. As I reported on schools elsewhere around the country, I often heard about interesting ideas that Coloradans were bringing to the education sphere; now I’m excited to take a closer look at those ideas and how they’re working. And I’m honored to join the talented and experienced team of journalists that has made EdNews Colorado such a great resource.

You’ve come to rely on the in-depth news and analysis that EdNews’ reporters provide every day, and that won’t change — but we hope soon there will be more of it. We want to continue to explore how complicated policy questions affect schools and students. And we want to give decision-makers — whether they are parents trying to help their kids do better in school or lawmakers trying to enact policies to improve school performance — the information they need to make their choices. My main goal is to help EdNews spark a lively, honest and constructive conversation about how Coloradans can make their schools better places to learn.

To that end, I’ll be spending a lot of time helping the team figure out what the most important questions we can help answer about public education in Colorado are, and how we can best make the answers that we find accessible to anyone who’s interested in them. One of the advantages of an online news source like EdNews is that we can choose the most informative and engaging ways of telling stories and presenting information from a variety of new tools and multimedia, and I’m also excited to help the site bring you stories in new ways.

Most importantly, I want to hear from you, EdNews’ readers, about how we can best serve you. If you have stories you’d like to see us cover or suggestions for what we can do differently, please reach out to me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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