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Curtis Johnson is managing associate of Education Evolving, which designed the first charter-school law and initiated the movement for teachers to form groups to take charge of schools. He also is executive director of Citiscope, a recently launched global news service.

Starting out as a teacher, he served for 10 years as a community-college pesident and another decade as the head of a public-policy research organization. In the 1990s he was a policy adviser and chief of staff to a Minnesota governor, then was chairman of the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

He co-authored two books about American regions and in 2008 he and columnist Neal Peirce wrote "Century of the City," a book based on a global conference sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. He also is a co-author of the 2008 book "Disrupting Class," which explores radical changes in how students might learn.

Johnson received a B.A. in history from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

June 5, 2014

Can a North Dakota Oil-Boom Town Survive Success?

Boom is always better than bust, but explosive growth presents its own set of formidable challenges.
March 27, 2014

Arne Duncan's Forgotten Enthusiasm for Trusting Teachers

The education secretary once liked the idea of letting them run their schools. It's an idea that still shows a lot of promise.
February 24, 2014

The Wrong Way to Close the Education Gap

In trying to raise achievement levels in our schools, we're failing to acknowledge a critical factor: Students are different from each other.