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Behind the Headline: Chicago Public Schools Will Get Money for No-Show Students, Again

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.

10/01/2014

Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own

Data from North Carolina suggest that principals are not using the four-year period before teachers qualify for tenure to identify and remove their lowest performers.

09/29/2014

Leveled Reading: The Making of a Literacy Myth

Opponents of the Common Core question the idea of improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.

09/29/2014

Behind the Headline: A Sharp Dissent Over a School’s Curb on American Flag Shirts

A federal appeals court has declined to rehear a case involving high school students who were not allowed to wear American flag shirts to school on the day of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

09/28/2014

What We’re Watching: Health of the Public Charter School Movement

The Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will host a discussion on the health of the charter school movement on Oct. 1.

09/28/2014

What We’re Watching: Campbell Brown at AEI

On October 2 at 9 am, Campbell Brown will be at AEI to discuss the Vergara v. California ruling and teacher tenure reform.

09/26/2014

Ed Next Book Club: Laurence Steinberg on Age of Opportunity

Mike Petrilli talks with Laurence Steinberg about his new book on what science tells us about adolescence.

09/26/2014

Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

These measures help to offer a more holistic take on the quality of a state’s school system.

09/26/2014

Behind the Headline: Attorney General Holder to Step Down, Promoted Changes in School Discipline

Attorney General Eric Holder will resign as soon as a successor can be appointed, he announced yesterday. As Evie Blad notes on Politics K-12,” in the education world, [Holder] is perhaps best known for his efforts to address disproportionately high discipline rates for students from certain racial and ethnic groups.”

09/25/2014

Teacher Retention Varies Across and Within Districts

According to national data, four out of ten teachers will leave the classroom within five years. But turnover isn’t evenly distributed.

09/25/2014

Behind the Headline: New Study: Adequate Yearly Progress Not So Bad

A new study looks at what happened to schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind and finds that some of the sanctions against these schools ultimately had a positive impact on student learning.

09/25/2014

Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine

A growing number of examples show that used well, blended learning—and hence education technology—can help boost student achievement in both charter and district school settings.

09/24/2014

Montgomery County’s Elementary School Curriculum: Where’s the Beef?

The MCPS curriculum is weak when it comes to content in science and extremely weak in history.

09/24/2014

Unions Praise Social Security, But Like Pensions Even More

Public sector unions praise Social Security. Except they don’t want it for all of their workers.

09/24/2014

What We’re Watching: Building a Better Teacher

Fordham hosted a conversation with Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

09/23/2014

It’s Time to Reimagine School Information

Well-designed applications and websites have allowed consumers to review easy-to-digest information like never before. Most parents, however, lack access to the useful information they need to determine how their child’s school is performing.

09/23/2014

What We’re Watching: Common Core on Washington Journal

Mike Petrilli and Neal McCluskey discuss the Common Core State Standards Initiative on CSPAN’s Washington Journal.

09/23/2014

A Lion in Winter and a Coming of Age

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.

09/22/2014

Behind the Headline: How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson looks at why it is so popular for politicians to call for more spending on schools.

09/22/2014

Look to Course Access to Expand Students’ Horizons

Course access is a powerful tool to make particular courses available to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take them.

09/22/2014

Charter School Teachers Subsidize State Pension Plans

Charter schools and their teachers pay the same high employer and employee contribution rates as all other schools, but higher turnover rates mean their teachers will get much less in return.

09/22/2014

How California Superintendents Can Bust Through Policies to Implement Blended Learning

We need more opportunities for education leaders to help their peers with solutions to the problems and barriers they confront as they move toward blended learning.

09/19/2014

Administrators Get Disproportionately Large Pensions

The Empire Center and several other organizations have published a database of New York teacher and administrator pensions that lists the pensions and service years of every member.

09/19/2014

Where Does Government Education Research Really Come From?

When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.

09/19/2014

Is Character Education the Answer?

Developing teenagers’ self-regulation may require something other than parables, slogans, inspirational banners, and encouragement from compassionate teachers.

09/18/2014

Where Common Core Is Not Controversial

Those who see Common Core as a curricular monoculture, a boondoggle for publishers, or a violation of local control would do well to come to Reno.

09/18/2014

College Prep for All? Students Weigh In

Should all students be given a college-prep curriculum? College students share their views.

09/18/2014

Ed Next Book Club: Dana Goldstein on The Teacher Wars

Mike Petrilli interviews Dana Goldstein about her new book on teachers.

09/17/2014

Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.

09/17/2014

Classroom Observations Offer Biggest Room for Improvement in Teacher Evaluations

Addressing the design flaws we have identified in teacher evaluation systems will bring districts closer to achieving the primary goal of meaningful teacher evaluation: assuring greater equity in students’ access to good teachers.

09/17/2014

Wurman Testimony on Math and Science Standards in Ohio

This testimony was presented before the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee by Ze’ev Wurman, visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, on Aug. 20, 2014.

09/17/2014

What We’re Watching: Embrace the Common Core

IntelligenceSquared recently hosted a debate on the Common Core which featured two Ed Next editors – Rick Hess and Mike Petrilli – on opposite sides.

09/16/2014

Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Schools should seize this window of transition—when it is safest for teachers to ask for help (and for instructional leaders to offer it)—to completely reinvent the teacher evaluation process.

09/15/2014

K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.

09/15/2014

Empirical Proof on the Politics of Pensions

Pension benefit increases have been a painless way for politicians from both parties to provide something tangible to powerful interest groups without having to pay the costs immediately.

09/15/2014

Behind the Headline: EdX Enters K-12 Arena with High School Level MOOCs

In its first venture into the world of K-12 education, EdX announced that it will release 26 free online courses covering AP and high school level material.

09/15/2014

The First Hard Evidence on Virtual Education

Florida high school students taking Algebra or English I online perform at least as well on state math and reading tests as do students taking the same courses in a traditional format.

09/12/2014

Common Core and the Era of Good Behavior

The moderating of the debate over the Common Core seems to be mirroring the field’s increased focus on implementation.

09/12/2014

A Quick Note to Dana Goldstein About Pensions

No one is seriously advocating for reducing the pensions of any individual teachers or retirees.

09/12/2014
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