WBEZ's Linda Lutton turns in an interesting "meta" piece about the branding and meaning of Renaissance 2010 that hits on lots of the initiative's history and hints at its future (Renaissance 2010: A Tainted Brand?).
Whatever Ren10's current status, however, let's not forget how powerful the branding was at the start, when nearly all of the conversation and coverage (except here) focused on the school openings elements and no one it seemed realized that closings were just as much a part of it as openings. People may want to say that they were onto Ren10's school closing elements from the start, but in reality few were so clear about it way back when.
At what point did it become clear to you that Ren10 was as much about closings as openings, and do you think that Ren10 is at this point a tainted brand outside the smaller world of schools that have been directly affected?