What’s really driving Philadelphia’s budget woes? The same growth mismanagement plaguing Pennsylvania statewide.
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.
Differences between the two polls derive from the questions that are asked and the way in which they are posed.
New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.
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Districts should consider paying principals more to attract strong candidates. Rather than paying principals substantial retirements at the back end, districts can pay more upfront in salary.
Results from the annual Education Next poll are out and the news is not good for proponents of the Common Core.
A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.
Political polarization is making it increasingly difficult to sustain support for policy undertakings a majority of the public supports.
The 2014 Education Next survey was released today. Check out our infographic interpretations of the results.
The real challenge for conservatives has less to do with the nature of school reform than ensuring that the public and private functions served by education are brought into proper balance.
Will a new study of what brains look like when kids do math finally end the math wars? Probably not, but the study’s findings do support the notion that drilling kids on math facts so that they can come up with the answers automatically will help kids with higher-level math later on.
A recent report by Trulia finds that houses in school districts where rich families send their children to public school can cost more than twice the national average per square foot. Jacob Davidson crunches the numbers for Money magazine and finds that for some families in some places, it would be cheaper to live in a less expensive neighborhood and send their child to private school (albeit not a top prep school) than it would be to buy or rent a home in a wealthy school district with outstanding public schools.
Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours?
The belief that a particular approach to mathematics instruction—referred to over the past half-century as “progressive,” “constructivist,” “discovery,” or “inquiry-based”—is the answer to improving mathematics learning in the U.S. is not supported by evidence.
Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discuss the spread of legal challenges to state laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal, and seniority.
Common Core’s hardened factions—Champions and Dissidents—appear to separate themselves on at least three worldviews relating to K-12 education
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.
In the Huffington Post, Joy Resmovits reports that Michelle Rhee plans to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst.
In three weeks, Lily Eskelsen Garcia takes over the leadership of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lyndsey Layton profiles her in today’s Washington Post.
The bottom line: the tests are hard, as expected, but the choice of texts needs work.
Teach For America announced today that half of this year’s 5,300 recruits are people of color. The organization has recently changed some of its recruiting techniques to generate a more diverse applicant pool.
How can we make sure that the major elements of the policy agenda fit well together and are not working at cross-purposes?
As blended learning continues to grow, one of the challenges education leaders are facing is the fact that knowledge of the concept spreads faster than expertise on how to foster and support it.
On paper, the Democratic Party and huge swaths of black and Hispanic families craving better school options for their kids have been on a collision course for years.
Education reform has never thoughtfully discussed, much less enumerated, what ought to be conserved.
Mike Petrilli interviews Elizabeth Green about her new book on great teaching.
Our study did address all three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success, but reached its clearest conclusions about the effects of student attrition and replacement patterns.
The new study is far less definitive than advertised because it addresses, at most, only one of the three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success.
With the withdrawal of Iowa this week from the Smarter Balanced testing group, there are only 26 states that plan to use one of the two national tests to assess their students during the 2014-15 school year.
Eric Taylor of Stanford University explains the findings of a study on the effects of high-quality teacher evaluations on teacher performance.
There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.
I consider myself a proud progressive Democrat. However, I find myself on the outside of my party while defending the most progressive stance I have ever taken.
It’s August, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our annual list of top education-policy Twitter feeds.
Over the years, legislators increased pension benefits significantly, but they have not distributed those increases evenly to all teachers.
A free online course on history, politics, and policy in American education, taught by Paul E. Peterson, will begin on Sept. 8.
On September 8, “Saving Schools” launches. Four (free!) mini- courses on “History, Politics and Policy in U. S. Education”
Everything you may be trying to accomplish, change, or protect in American education hinges more than you might realize on the integrity of our education data system and that data system is more vulnerable than you might think.
How could I be disposed to preserve venerable institutions and yet favor dramatic K–12 change?
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