Author

Andy Smarick

    Author Website: http://bellwethereducation.org/people/team/#smarick


    Author Bio:
    Andy Smarick is a Partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He works in Bellwether’s Thought Leadership practice. His book, The Urban School System of the Future, was released in 2012, and his work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, and National Affairs.


Articles

Diplomatic Mission

President Obama’s path to performance pay

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

Toothless Reform?

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

Spring 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 2

Wave of the Future

Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools

Winter 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 1

The Turnaround Fallacy

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

Winter 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 1

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Two Charter School Debates: When Philosophical Opposition Masquerades as Policy Commentary

There’s lots of important work out there aimed at improving the way the charter sector works, but it often gets overshadowed by articles that are just thinly veiled attacks on the idea of charter schooling.

07/16/2014

Vergara, Harris, and the Fate of the Teacher Unions

We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.

07/08/2014

The Three-Sector Approach and Decision-Defending

Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?

06/13/2014

10 Things to Know about the Vergara Decision

Yesterday, a California superior court overturned five state laws related to the employment of teachers. Here’s what you need to know.

06/11/2014

Beach Edu-Reads, Part 2

Common Core, MOOCs, teachers of the year, student surveys, rural education, and more

06/02/2014

Beach Edu-Reads, Part 1

Choice, teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and more

05/30/2014

NACSA’s Sixth Annual Survey and the Future of Authorizing

If charter schooling is to live up to its promise, charter school authorizing must get more attention.

05/28/2014

The ‘Public’ in the Urban Public Education System of the Future

When schools are not run by locally elected school boards, can there still be local control?

05/21/2014

The Resilience of Common Core

Given the news coverage, you’d think Common Core’s fate was daily hanging in the balance—that pro and con forces were trading massive victories, swapping gains with each successive battle. But that’s emphatically not happening.

05/09/2014

SEA Reform and Violent Agreement

Our report on reforming state departments of education has generated some very thoughtful responses.

05/08/2014

USED, Indiana’s ESEA Waiver, and an Unexpected Federalism Paradox

Now that Washington State has lost its waiver and Indiana could be on a path to nonrenewal, we shouldn’t be surprised if people start asking increasingly pointed questions about why other states, similarly noncompliant, haven’t been dinged.

05/07/2014

Job Well Done

Friday was Michele McNeil’s last day at Ed Week.

05/05/2014

Great Recent Reform Reads

Catholic schools, charter schools, college, unions and more

04/30/2014

The New SEA: At the Helm, Not the Oar

The state education agency was never intended to lead complex, contentious, large-scale reforms that require original thinking, nimble action and constant adaptability.

04/29/2014

Charter Paean Disguised as a Donors’ Guide

From Promising to Proven is a meditation on the history, status, and future of charter schooling

04/24/2014

The Bay State, British Blues, and Barber

A new report by Sir Michael Barber Barber’s is an exhaustive—if exhausting—assessment of Massachusetts’ standing and a thorough plan for generating improved results.

04/23/2014

Eye-Opening Snapshot of State-Level Reform Activity

Developments in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Indiana, and Louisiana

04/21/2014

The Testing Pendulum

If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.

04/18/2014

The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

Is the best urban district good enough?

04/16/2014

Next for Neerav, NSNO, and NOLA

After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.

04/11/2014

Friday Catchall: Job Opportunities and Quick Reads

CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more

04/11/2014

The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.

04/09/2014

Recent Edu-Reads, For Your Perusing Pleasure

School boards, charter schools, and more

04/07/2014

Five Takeaways from Race to the Top Year-Three Reports

Today, the U.S Department of Education released Year-Three reports on the 12 states that won funding via Race to the Top’s first two competitions.

03/19/2014

IES on SIG: Troubling Foreshadowing

We probably spent billions of dollars to get the same outcomes as if this program had never existed. And yet, these dollars continue to flow.

03/19/2014

Top Recent Edu-Reads

Teacher pensions, school productivity, virtual school accountability, and more

03/17/2014

Chris Cerf: In Appreciation

Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education.

03/12/2014

The De Blasio Paradox: Private Money and Public Schools

One could infer from Mayor de Blasio’s comments about charter schools that private money and public schooling should not mix. So why is the mayor’s chancellor of schools, Carmen Fariña, the board chair of the Fund for Public Schools?

03/11/2014

The Invaluableness of ‘Obscure’ Words and the SAT

Ostensibly “obscure” words give us powers of description that can inform our surroundings, and they can bring clarity and insight to our understanding or the world.

03/06/2014

The Obama Administration’s 2015 K–12 Budget Request

The Obama administration has just released its 2015 budget proposal. Here are its most notable K-12 edu-features.

03/05/2014

School Improvement Grants: The Disaster Continues

The most persistently low-performing schools in American got several million dollars, on average, and yet a third of them got worse.

02/17/2014

Ten Map Meditations on Economic Mobility

The places in our nation with the highest percentages of African Americans offer the lowest-income kids the bleakest hopes of making it to the top.

02/14/2014

Stuff to Read While You’re Snowed In

Charter schools, vouchers, Louisiana, Ohio, and more

02/13/2014

Charter Lessons for School Choice, Including Accountability via Authorizers

Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.

02/03/2014

Utilizing Charter Schooling Strengthens Rural Education

Better policy alone won’t expand the public-school options available to rural kids. Charter advocates need to better understand rural communities—their strengths, challenges, hopes, and fears.

01/29/2014

The Principled Opposition to Common Core

George Will’s column isn’t the real story here. It’s what the column represents: the quiet but growing and hardening principled opposition to Common Core.

01/21/2014

Systemic Reform in Kansas City

If the state board of education accepts this plan, things will never be the same. It will be a state-led initiative to replace the urban district as the delivery system for public schooling, thereby breaking with 100 years of history.

01/16/2014

Weekend Reading

There were many important releases and developments this week—invaluable new SIG information from IES, Race to the Top audits, new Brookings “choice index”—and I couldn’t keep up!

01/10/2014

The Horror and Hope of Camden

In a state with deeply troubled urban school districts—Newark, Paterson, Asbury Park—Camden’s stands apart for its calamitous results.

01/09/2014
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