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Michael Lombardo
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Michael Lombardo is the CEO of Reading Partners, a national education nonprofit that recruits and trains volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students at under-resourced elementary schools around the country. Lombardo is also a social-entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford University and serves on the advisory council of the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

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National Implications of Moving the Literacy Needle in California

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 6:08 PM

California is the most populous state in the union, and the California Department of Education is responsible for educating more students than any other state agency in the country. In 2015, the department was charged with providing primary and secondary education to over six million students. With a population that...

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Presidents' Day Legacy Challenge to our 2016 Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:45 PM

I love being a parent on Presidents' Day. Seeing how my kids think about the White House restores a sort of hope and faith that is sadly lacking in the politics of our time. Where I see all the constraints and challenges of the modern Presidency, my kids see a...

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Leveraging ESSA Funding to Help More Students Read

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 9:40 AM

At the close of last year Congress took an important step forward in addressing the future of American education by passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This accomplishment is a good, and necessary, step towards supporting our students with the best tools possible to ensure their success...

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Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Education?

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Thursday's presidential debates will undoubtedly give us a glimpse into the values of the expanding field of candidates running for the highest office in our nation. As we see how the candidates perform under intense pressure, shouldn't we also learn a bit more about where they stand on key issues...

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Florida's Hiatus on Third Grade Retention a Good Start

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Lawmakers in Florida recently took a step in the right direction when they voted to put on hold a section of the state's longstanding education reform policy. For the first time since 2003, parents and teachers will have a say in whether their third grader will go on to fourth...

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Why Kids May Actually Need More Testing, Not Less

(22) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:30 PM

The education world has been buzzing after a segment on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight (warning - adult language) that viciously lampooned standardized testing. It's a funny piece about a serious issue that has polarized parents and lawmakers across the country. Are we testing kids too much?

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Early Reading Critical to Bridging Opportunity Gap for Boys of Color

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 6:02 PM

For those of us involved in the fight for educational equality, it was especially painful to watch the media coverage of Baltimore this past week. Here is a city that in so many ways is making real and measurable gains. However, this city of strength and progress now finds itself...

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Give Volunteers the Credit They Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 6:21 PM

As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, it's compelling to consider why it is that the word "just" is so often attached to the word "volunteers."

Volunteers take on some of the most important roles in our society. Today, most school board and city council members are...

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What Went Wrong With Colorado's Amendment 66?

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:32 PM

It was a national sensation. A 'grand bargain' in education passed by the just-barely-Democratic legislature in a purple state and sent to the voters for approval, Amendment 66 would have increased income taxes to provide $1 billion for pre-K to 12th grade education in exchange for more local...

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The New Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:37 PM

In his budget proposal last week, President Barack Obama suggested quintupling the School Turnaround Corps, a new joint initiative launched this spring by the Department of Education and Corporation for National and Community Service. The School Turnaround Corps (STC) has been the source of some concern on this...

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An Hour a Week to Make a Difference

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 9:32 AM

As a parent, I am constantly thinking about how my actions today are going to affect my children tomorrow. Some concerns are admittedly trivial, but others -- primarily those that are related to their education -- are legitimate.

It's a potentially scary truth that a child's early academic performance can...

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