President Obama’s path to performance pay
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools
Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.
Over the last month or so, there’ve been a number of notable stories highlighting the passing of the torch from urban districts to urban chartering.
When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.
The moderating of the debate over the Common Core seems to be mirroring the field’s increased focus on implementation.
Mike McShane’s new book Education and Opportunity offers a sophisticated view of public school markets, how to understand them, use their strength, and appreciate their limitations.
The most convincing argument against conservatism is that by defending longstanding institutions it ends up protecting longstanding injustices.
There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.
The new conservative approach attempts to advance positive change, not through massive new federal programs or fanciful technical solutions but via traditional, experience-informed means.
Education reform has never thoughtfully discussed, much less enumerated, what ought to be conserved.
How could I be disposed to preserve venerable institutions and yet favor dramatic K–12 change?
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.
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.
Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?
Yesterday, a California superior court overturned five state laws related to the employment of teachers. Here’s what you need to know.
Common Core, MOOCs, teachers of the year, student surveys, rural education, and more
Choice, teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and more
If charter schooling is to live up to its promise, charter school authorizing must get more attention.
When schools are not run by locally elected school boards, can there still be local control?
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.
Our report on reforming state departments of education has generated some very thoughtful responses.
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.
Friday was Michele McNeil’s last day at Ed Week.
Catholic schools, charter schools, college, unions and more
The state education agency was never intended to lead complex, contentious, large-scale reforms that require original thinking, nimble action and constant adaptability.
From Promising to Proven is a meditation on the history, status, and future of charter schooling
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.
Developments in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Indiana, and Louisiana
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.
Is the best urban district good enough?
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.
CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more
Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.
School boards, charter schools, and more
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.
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.
Teacher pensions, school productivity, virtual school accountability, and more
Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education.
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?
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.
The Obama administration has just released its 2015 budget proposal. Here are its most notable K-12 edu-features.
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