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A Better Path Than ‘Blowing Up’ Schools of Education

Given their steady revenues, credentialing authority, political relationships, and millions of alumni not much interested in major change, “blowing up” the existing schools of education is just not a viable option. It’s not even a desirable one.

11/25/2014

A Five Point Plan To Resuscitate Catholic Schools

Two big changes in American education policy have been good for kids in general, but not particularly good for Catholic schools, especially the urban variety.

11/25/2014

Illinois Turns Its Back to the Future

A court ruling is potentially very problematic for new teachers and those who aren’t yet teaching.

11/25/2014

D.C.’s Outstanding and Improving Charter School Sector

Test scores in D.C. offer reason to believe that chartering—if done smartly—can replace the district system for delivering public education in America’s cities.

11/24/2014

What We’re Watching: Common Core Chaos?

Mike Petrilli debates Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education about the Common Core.

11/24/2014

Behind the Headline: Snyder Aims to Revamp Detroit Schools

City and state officials are looking into ways of reorganizing the school system in Detroit, and are getting advice from Paul Pastorek, who helped turn around the school district in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

11/24/2014

Behind the Headline: Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division is taking on tracking and ability grouping in school districts where they lead to unequal racial representation in high-level classes, charging that black students are not being provided an equal opportunity to participate in advanced learning opportunities.

11/21/2014

Education Innovation: Lessons from Latin America

Perhaps the most surprising recent phenomenon in Latin America has been the extent to which entrepreneurs, companies, and investors, are getting involved in education.

11/21/2014

What We’re Watching: Unlocking Student Achievement

The Foundation for Excellence in Education will host the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20 and 21.

11/19/2014

Behind the Headline: Jeb Bush Speech Will Add to 2016 Election Intrigue

On Thursday, Jeb Bush will give a speech in Washington, D.C. at his think tank’s annual conference.

11/19/2014

How To Get Blended Learning Right

What happens when reformers try to use blended learning in a disruptive way in the hardest-to-serve parts of Detroit?

11/19/2014

Cami Anderson and the Forces of Unreason

Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.

11/19/2014

Behind the Headline: How Strict Is Too Strict?

Is the strictness and attention to detail of these ‘No Excuses’ schools a good fit for high school students?

11/19/2014

Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?

Courts have yet to reach a final verdict on teacher tenure and seniority rights, but the court of public opinion has already made a clear determination.

11/18/2014

New Waiver Guidance Will Sink Schools Where All Boats Are Rising

Because there are achievement gaps at Sawgrass Elementary School, the folks in Washington don’t think this school deserves an A.

11/18/2014

Teachers’ Unions Support Local Collective Bargaining…Except When it Comes to Their Pensions

Teachers might prefer a different arrangement than current state pension plans, but they don’t really have a voice in those decisions.

11/18/2014

Mixed Results for Arizona’s Charter Schools

Charter schools vary more in their impact on student performance on state tests than traditional public schools; there are more charters with very large positive or very large negative test-score impacts than there are traditional public schools with such extreme outcomes.

11/17/2014

A Response to Carol Burris and Rick Hess on Common Core Math in the Elementary Grades

Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools,

11/16/2014

How a Portfolio District Differs from a School District: A Response to Jay Greene

Plus what it would really mean to let the market work itself out

11/14/2014

The Teacher Equity Problem Is Real. The Proposed Solutions Are Not.

If teachers are the most-important in-school factor for student growth, we certainly don’t act like it.

11/14/2014

How is a Portfolio District Different from a School District?

If you want to create real change, you have to change the system of incentives — not just create new institutions that will be governed by the same perverse incentives.

11/14/2014

What’s Next for Detroit’s Troubled Schools?

What the city needs is a portfolio manager for its schools.

11/13/2014

What We’re Watching: How Eva Moskowitz Outmuscled the Teachers Union

Reason TV tells the story of the charter school pioneer’s battles in New York City.

11/11/2014

What We’re Watching: Vergara v. California: Will It Make a Difference for Students?

Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis hosted a forum on the Vergara vs. California decision and the difference it could make for students.

11/07/2014

Ten Things To Know About The 2014 Elections

My admittedly late thoughts on last night’s results.

11/05/2014

Last Night’s Implications for Education Reform

With a few exceptions, most of the races decided yesterday didn’t hinge on education reform. But the outcome will have big implications for education policy nonetheless.

11/05/2014

Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Spent $60 Million for the Midterms but Still Lost Many Elections

Teachers union-backed candidates lost in many states in Tuesday’s election, including many states where Democrats embraced policies that the unions opposed

11/05/2014

Let’s ‘Put on a Show’

Because kids aren’t left to their own devices as much these days, it is remarkably rare to find young people organizing theater performances by themselves.

11/05/2014

Do Value-Added Estimates Identify Causal Effects of Teachers and Schools?

There is now substantial evidence that value-added estimates capture important information about the causal effects of teachers and schools

11/04/2014

Redefining the School District in Michigan

The Education Achievement Authority in Michigan is charged with resuscitating the state’s worst schools within the confines of a separate, autonomous district.

11/03/2014

Behind the Headline: Common Core Math Can Be A Mystery, and Parents Are Going To School To Understand It

The Washington Post ran a front-page story on Sunday about the struggles of parents to understand Common Core math.

11/03/2014

What We’re Watching: Great Teachers, Starting With Socrates

NPR launches its 50 Great Teachers series with a look at Socrates.

11/03/2014

What We’re Watching: The Story of Newark

AEI hosted Cami Anderson, superintendent of Newark Public Schools, in conversation with Rick Hess.

10/31/2014

A Smarter Charter: A Response to Nelson Smith

We welcome the chance to respond to Nelson Smith’s review of our book, particularly on issues of teacher voice, diversity and achievement.

10/30/2014

A Smarter Charter: A Response to Kahlenberg and Potter

I salute the authors for their extensive reporting on how charters are solving some of the toughest problems on their plate. But in order to justify their proposed remedies, they portray chartering as a nearly-terminal case, rather than as a robust movement.

10/30/2014

Where’s the Person in Personalized Learning?

What personalized learning looks like now, what it could be, and how technology can help.

10/30/2014

The Shock of the New

The greatest friction between contemporary education reform and conservatism is the former’s obsession with “new” and the latter’s deep skepticism of it.

10/29/2014

Ten Facts About What the Candidates Are Saying on Education

What candidates running for governor and the U.S. Senate have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K.

10/28/2014

Do States Really Need an Education Technology Plan?

Simply having a technology plan may not be a meaningful proxy for a clear blended learning strategy or support system.

10/28/2014
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