There's a new, national education group launching today -- and most of its main players are from or based in Chicago. Described as "a nonprofit group that plans to launch Tuesday with the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national discussion about the challenges of public education, and possible solutions," the $12 million organization is funded by Broad, Bloomberg, and Walton, among others. But its key staffers -- Peter Cunningham, Mike Vaughn, Ann Whalen, Tracy Dell'Angela, J. Gordon Wright -- are all Chicago-affiliated.
The Washington Post has a story (Education Post aims to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform). Go here for RSS Feed, Twitter. It's a long-discussed, long-needed effort by reform-side advocates to counter the relentless criticism from union-affiliated critics of their efforts.
It's not clear how much if at all the new group will focus on Chicago schools or issues, but at least one of its early blog posts is local, describing the first day of school at Montessori of Englewood (the progressive charter school that came from some private school parents and teachers).