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    In the stormy seas of school reform, this journal will steer a steady course, presenting the facts as best they can be determined, giving voice (without fear or favor) to worthy research, sound ideas, and responsible arguments. Bold change is needed in American K–12 education, but Education Next partakes of no program, campaign, or ideology. It goes where the evidence points.


Single-Parent Families: Revisiting the Moynihan Report 50 Years Later

An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.

Revisiting the Moynihan Report on its 50th Anniversary

Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.

Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2014

A list of lists

The Top Education Next Articles of 2014

Just the facts, please!

Jeb Bush Speaks Out

Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor

Blog Posts/Multimedia

EdNext Podcast: The Challenges of Implementing Tech-Based Personalized Learning

Michael Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss the growth of personalized learning and how technology can help advance it.


Behind the Headline: A Tale of Two Schools, One Building

Wadleigh Secondary School in New York City occupies the same building as a charter school, Success Academy Harlem West, and the students at both schools come from the same neighborhood.


Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan Stepping Down, Returning to Chicago

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that he will step down in December.


Behind the Headline: What if No Child Left Behind Worked and Nobody Realized It? Blame the Media.

In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.


What We’re Listening To: Can CBT Help Troubled Young Men Stop Fighting and Stay in School?

Freakonomics Radio looks at an effort to reduce violence and dropout rates among young men in the Chicago Public Schools using cognitive behavioral therapy.


EdNext Podcast: What Does the Public Want Taught?

Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. West and Michael B. Henderson discuss what the public thinks schools should be teaching more of.


Behind the Headline: Lesson-Sharing Sites Raise Issues of Ownership, Use

Ed Week’s Stephen Sawchuk takes a close look at some of the most popular lesson-sharing websites for teachers and finds some complications lurking.


What We’re Watching: Developing Strong K-12 Leaders from Within

Fordham and EdFuel hosted a discussion about how education organizations can learn to recognize and retain their most talented staff and turn them into tomorrow’s leaders.


Behind the Headline: Why the Friedrichs Court Case Will Give Teachers More Power — and Better Pay

On Top of the News Why the Friedrichs Court Case Will Give Teachers More Power — and Better Pay The 74 | 9/28/15 Behind the Headline Teachers Unions At Risk of Losing Agency Fees Education Next| Winter 2016 In its 2015–16 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association a case that considers the legality […]


Behind the Headline: When America Hated Catholics

While Pope Francis is enjoying a warm welcome from politicians of all faiths during his visit to the United States, Josh Zeitz of Politico takes a look back at a time when anti-Catholic emotions were strong here.


Behind the Headline: $490-Million Plan Would Put Half of LAUSD Students in Charter Schools

A group of foundations in Los Angeles have developed a $490-million plan to add 260 new charter schools in the city over the next eight years, enrolling at least 130,000 students.


What We’re Listening To: Lower Income, Higher Ed

This radio documentary by WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza takes a close look at why so many low-income students who show great promise do not graduate from college.


Behind the Headline: Race and Class Collide in a Plan for Two Brooklyn Schools

As gentrification brings new families into many Brooklyn neighborhoods, some schools there are becoming overcrowded and redrawing school boundaries is on the table.


EdNext Podcast: The Department of Education’s Equity Initiative

Shep Melnick and Paul E. Peterson discuss a “Dear Colleague” letter sent by the federal government to education officials around the country about equalizing educational resources for students of different races.


Behind the Headline: Catholic Schools Are Back, and There’s Hope for Their Future

If you only read one article about Catholic schools on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to the U.S., make it this one by Andy Smarick.


Ed Next Book Club: The Prize

Mike Petrilli talks with Dale Russakoff about her new book on school reform in Newark.

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? tells a gripping, and mostly depressing, tale of the reform efforts in woebegone Newark, complete with some of the most colorful characters in American public life today. Chris Christie. Corey Booker. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Appointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson. And of course the teachers and students who are the true heroes of the book—and the victims of a school system—and a reform effort—gone badly astray.


Behind the Headline: KIPP Charter School Students Show Lasting Achievement Gains, Study Finds

A new study by Mathematica examines how the KIPP charter network fared during a period of rapid growth, when enrollment in KIPP schools roughly doubled to 68,000 students after the network received a $50 million expansion grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010.


What We’re Listening To: Boston Schools Seek To Increase Teacher Diversity

Boston Public Schools, where 87 percent of students are minorities but only 38 percent of teachers are, is trying to build its own pipeline of talented minority teachers.


Behind the Headline: AltSchool, the High-Tech Ed Experiment, Announces New Locations in Manhattan and California

AltSchool, an education startup with schools in four locations and over $133 million in funding, will have ten school sites open in 2016, its founder says.


What We’re Watching: AEI Conference on Education Reform After Katrina

On September 16, AEI hosted an event on the state of education reform in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina.


EdNext Podcast: School Reform in New Orleans After Katrina

Marty West and Doug Harris take stock of the education reforms that have taken place in New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina.


Behind the Headline: The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

On the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic looks back at what Moynihan wrote in the original report, how Moynihan’s views later changed, and about the experiences of African Americans in the U.S. in the decades since the report was issued, with a focus on the phenomenon of mass incarceration.


Behind the Headline: Laurene Powell Jobs Commits $50 Million to Create New High Schools

Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is launching a $50 million effort to reinvent the high school.


Behind the Headline: A Federal Raid on Local Schools

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.


Behind the Headline: Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier Resigns

Houston Superintendent Terry Grier has announced that he is resigning effective March 2016.


Behind the Headline: Seattle Teachers Strike On First Day Of School

Teachers in Seattle are on strike today after contract talks between the teachers union and the school district broke down. The two sides are far apart on key issues, “including pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day.”


Behind the Headline: Rideshares for Kids Take On the After-School Pickup

A new company in the Bay Area is operating as an Uber for kids who need rides to and from school and afterschool activities.


EdNext Podcast: Does the Public Support Higher Teacher Salaries?

Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 EdNext poll on public support for higher school spending and higher teacher salaries.


Behind the Headline: Teachers Aren’t Dumb

“The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training,” argues Dan Willingham in an op-ed in the New York Times.


Behind the Headline: Newark Students Are Better Off, Despite The Political Noise

Dale Russakoff, a reporter from the Washington Post, spent more than four years in Newark observing its school reform efforts, and the result is a new book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? which was released today.


Behind the Headline: Washington Charter School Law Ruled Unconstitutional by State’s High Court

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the state’s charter-school law is unconstitutional.


Behind the Headline: Has Gentrification Begun in New Orleans Public Schools?

While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on


Behind the Headline: Indianapolis Pact Couples New Teacher Roles and Big Pay Boosts

The school board in Indianapolis has approved a new teacher contract that will allow six schools to implement an experimental program that allows high-performing teachers to take on new roles, reach more students, and earn higher salaries.


EdNext Podcast: Is Support for the Common Core Dropping or Stabilizing?

Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public’s changing opinion of the Common Core.


Behind the Headline: Tests Matter

In US News, Nina Rees takes a close look at what the public says about testing in two recent polls, and in particular considers why PDK/Gallup found that respondents believe there is too much emphasis on testing, while EdNext found that respondents support annual standardized testing.


What We’re Watching: America’s Neglected Gifted Kids

Brandon Wright talks with The Wall Street Journal about what schools are doing for academically gifted students, the subject of a book he has written with Chester Finn.


The Fall 2015 Issue of Education Next is Here!

The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.


Behind the Headline: The Obligations of High-Output Charter High Schools

Should charter schools be forced to backfill — to admit new students whenever they have an open seat because a student has left? Charter school advocates are divided over this issue. Paul Hill and Robin Lake of CRPE lay out their positions for and against backfilling on The Lens, the blog of CRPE.


Behind the Headline: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge

While many people blame standardized testing for narrowing the elementary school curriculum to reading and math, the real culprit is “a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.” So writes Natalie Wexler in an op-ed in the New York Times.

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