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Teachers are forced to forego their own retirement savings in order to pay down a debt accrued over many years. It harms their future retirement security and, by forcing districts into painful budget decisions, it harms the quality of education delivered to Colorado’s students.
Not every student will benefit from music, theater, or sports, and very few of them will go on to careers in music, acting, or sports, but those of us who support a broad education recognize that all of these activities have important benefits for many students and should be part of schools.
New research from New York City continues to find that small high schools there have boosted graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color.
AEI hosted a discussion on October 22 on where things stand with the Common Core and how its future looks. Panelists were Rick Hess, Catherine Gewertz, and Chris Minnich.
Many of today’s most prominent reforms are quite popular, but it looks like folks are perturbed by a meddlesome Uncle Sam
The New York Times Room for Debate page hosts a variety of pieces today on whether high schools should drop their sports teams.
This week’s episode of This American Life tells stories of how schools handle misbehaving kids.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings advocates letting students control the pace of their own learning, which may include binge-learning calculus.
Teachers unions are spending big in this year’s midterm elections.
The organization of state superintendents and the organization of big urban school districts will work together to audit the number and types of tests administered and develop new systems that are leaner and more integrated.
It’s long past time to recognize that reading tests don’t measure what we think they do.
A common perception about how we pay public sector workers is fundamentally flawed.
At one elementary school, the average income is almost $250,000 per year. Is this school really more “public” than an inner-city Catholic school serving poor minority children? The public spends $12,000 per child on the former and $0 per child on the latter. Tell me again why that’s fair?
If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
Before we retreat to the pre-NCLB era of grade-span testing or revert to some other testing-light position, let’s at least recall some of the benefits of annual testing of all kids.
The overheated rhetoric around Common Core elides the fact that it incorporates several fundamentally sound and long-overdue ideas that have gone missing from our schools for decades.
When designing accountability systems, we need to find the sweet spot between defeatism and utopianism. In my view, that’s exactly what the states are trying to do. They deserve our praise, not our derision.
As part of Stanford University’s State of the Union 2014 course, Randi Weingarten, Linda Darling-Hammond and Chester Finn discuss the current state of education reform.
By ignoring the closure of urban Catholic schools, we have not only allowed high-quality seats to disappear, we’ve also allowed the further deterioration of the threadbare social fabric of fraying communities.
PBS NewsHour looks into how much testing there will be in this first year of Common Core testing.
Whatever the requirements are for earning different credentials, however, the true value of a high school diploma is established by the colleges that admit and the employers who hire our high school graduates.
Behind the Headline: Montgomery School Officials Ask for Delay in Using New State Tests for Graduation
In Maryland, where students will take new tests based on the Common Core standards for the first time this year, one school board is asking the state to delay a requirement that students pass the new tests to graduate from high school.
On Monday, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission shocked the city by announcing that it would unilaterally cut health care benefits to city teachers rather than continue to negotiate with the teacher’s union.
In the New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Confessore looks at the political fight over efforts to bring healthier food to school cafeterias, and explains how the School Nutrition Association became “Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
It’s probably time for education reformers and policymakers to admit that just pushing harder on test-driven accountability as the primary tool for changing our creaky old public school system is apt to yield more backlash than accomplishment
“In poll after poll, Americans vastly underestimate per-pupil education funding and overall school spending,” writes Nathan Benefield on Forbes.com.
Pension plans have not made much of a dent in their long-term unfunded debt. How could this be?
Complaints about close reading bother me less than its potential overuse, or the creeping notion that close reading is what all reading instruction should look like under Common Core. That would be bad for the standards, and even worse for reading achievement in the U.S.
A front-page story in today’s Washington Post looks at the debate that has broken out in Colorado over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum.
In his column, Jay Mathews highlights a blog entry by Mike Petrilli about the weak, content-free curriculum being taught to his first grader in the Montgomery County, Md. public schools.
Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Kennedy School at Harvard are looking for a staff assistant. This is a full-time job with benefits.
While most TFA teachers may not realize it, almost all are losing out on retirement benefits for their time in the classroom.
Mike McShane explains how our education system could be changed to help the have-nots catch up to the haves
Two important events provide the outlines for a new approach to state-level accountability.
The XPrize is funding its first edtech competition to handsomely reward the team that develops the best software to help children in developing countries teach themselves basic literacy and math.
I’d love to see charter associations ask OCR to investigate states that don’t do enough to provide equitable funding to charter schools serving high proportions of poor and minority children.
On October 2, Campbell Brown was at AEI to discuss the Vergara v. California ruling and teacher tenure reform.
Chicago Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that schools will continue to receive funding for students that are not enrolled this year, “holding harmless” schools that do not meet enrollment targets.
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