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Nine Questions: What Does It Even Mean to Oppose the Common Core?

What does it mean when Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul, or Bobby Jindal says he “opposes” the Common Core?

01/30/2015

Portfolio Districts: One Ring to Rule Them All

I am wary of portfolio districts, mayoral takeovers, and other proposals for a super-regulator to govern all choice and traditional schools.

01/30/2015

Behind the Headline: True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

People often use students eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches as a proxy for poverty, but is that a good metric, wonders Will Huntsberry of nprED.

01/30/2015

Model Citizens

Arizona became the first state to make passing the U.S. Citizenship Test a high school graduation requirement.

01/29/2015

What We’re Watching: Is the New GED Test an Improvement or Setback?

PBS NewsHour looks into the changes made to the GED in order to make it Common Core compliant.

01/29/2015

Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children

Raising the cap on Georgia’s scholarship tax credit program is an ideal way to bring freedom and excellence to K-12 education.

01/29/2015

ESEA Reauthorization: Some Fixes to the Alexander Draft

Many bloggers have already pronounced their likes and dislikes of Senator Alexander’s ESEA reauthorization draft, and we would like to add to that discussion.

01/29/2015

The Case Against Federal Accountability Mandates in Education

Instead of demanding that states intervene in failing schools, allow students to escape the worst schools through the powerful mechanism of parental choice.

01/28/2015

To Empower State and Local Leaders, ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Competitive Grants

Competitive grant programs do not weaken local leadership. They strengthen local leadership much more effectively than block grants do.

01/28/2015

How Charters Are Innovating on Pensions

Charter schools recognize that current teachers are increasingly mobile, so they offer teachers portable benefits.

01/27/2015

Behind the Headline: How Much Snow It Takes to Cancel School in Each State

As a major snowstorm sweeps across New England, this map shows how many inches of snow it takes for school to be cancelled in each state.

01/27/2015

How New Funding Models Can Unlock Innovations in Pedagogy

Course Access policies may be paving the way to wholly new learning experiences for students.

01/27/2015

What We’re Watching: A Second Senate Committee Hearing on No Child Left Behind

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will hear testimony about supporting teachers and school leaders.

01/26/2015

Good Reads for National School Choice Week

These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.

01/26/2015

Behind the Headline: What the New Senate Education Chair Thinks About No Child Left Behind

Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke with Time about his views on fixing NCLB. Alexander is still struggling to make a decision on whether a revised NCLB should include annual tests required by the federal government.

01/26/2015

On Designing K-12 Education Savings Accounts

Education savings accounts operate like the “partial voucher” that Milton Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago.

01/26/2015

What We’re Watching: A Conversation With US Senator Tim Scott

AEI hosted Sen. Tim Scott (R – S.C.) as well as Thomas Stewart and Patrick Wolf, the authors of a new book The School Choice Journey: School Vouchers and the Empowerment of Urban Families.

01/26/2015

Don’t Confuse Jargon with Rigor

Elementary school English language arts classrooms have long been in the thrall of nonsensical jargon.

01/23/2015

What We’re Watching: Condi Rice on Education As National Security Challenge

Jeb Bush announced yesterday that he was handing over control of his education foundation to Condoleezza Rice. In this PBS interview from March 2012, Rice discussed a report linking education to national security.

01/23/2015

Stump Speech Contest: What Members of Congress Should Say About Testing

Here are some “talking points” that members of Congress might use when the testing issue comes up at town hall meetings and the like.

01/22/2015

What We’re Watching: Doug Lemov on Teach Like a Champion 2.0

The event featuring Doug Lemov which was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. has been postponed.

01/22/2015

Will the Common Core Lead to More Schools Labeled Failing? Not Really.

Since the Obama Administration has quietly transitioned to a normative accountability system, where schools are compared to each other rather than to some pre-determined “proficiency” benchmark, it doesn’t matter if all students appear to perform worse this year.

01/22/2015

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Oral Testimony of Martin West

Congress should maintain the law’s current annual testing requirements while restoring to states virtually all decisions about the design of their accountability systems.

01/21/2015

Views from Private Schools

Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.

01/21/2015

What We’re Watching: Poverty and Public Schools

Nina Rees of the NAPCS and Mary Cathryn Ricker of the AFT will talk about poverty as part of a Communities in Schools Leadership Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 9:30 a.m.

01/20/2015

2015: The Year of Curriculum- Based Reform?

Curriculum and content matter—and for no one more than poor kids who get too little of that knowledge and vocabulary at home.

01/20/2015

Can an Online College Course Live Up to Students’ Expectations?

What we learned by teaching “Saving Schools: History, Politics and Policy in U. S. Education,” our first Massive Open Online Course

01/20/2015

Timely Ohio Report Could Change the ESEA Testing Debate

A new report from the Ohio Department of Education looks at the number of hours students spend preparing for and taking tests.

01/20/2015

What We’re Watching: Rep. John Kline on Education Reform in the 114th Congress

On Thursday, American Enterprise Institute will host a conversation with U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN) on the direction the new Congress will take in education.

01/20/2015

What We’re Listening To: Senate Committee Hearing on Fixing NCLB

The Senate HELP committee will look at how to fix the testing and accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind.

01/20/2015

A Rescue Plan for the Black Family

Far from addressing the marriage problem, the federal government exacerbated it.

01/19/2015

What We’re Watching: More on Testing, Accountability and the New ESEA

Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discussed the Senate hearing on testing and accountability in a new episode of “A Fern Between Two Mikes”

01/19/2015

Behind the Headline: A Rescue Plan for the Black Family

“As we celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth, we should ask why so many of the problems against which he struggled — segregation, poverty, persistent racial gaps in education and income — remain so much a part of American life,” writes Paul Peterson in an op-ed in the New York Daily News.

01/19/2015

Exit, Voice, Loyalty—and the Common Core

Increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals.

01/19/2015

Optimistic Predictions Notwithstanding, Common Core Faces Brutal 2015

Common Core proponents need an updated advocacy playbook. The political terrain of 2010 and 2015 are very, very different.

01/16/2015

Grade-Span Accountability Is A Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT

Rather than having regular check-ups on student progress, with relatively low stakes on those results, we’d have much higher stakes attached to a smaller number of test scores.

01/16/2015

Is It Quality Or Quantity That Counts?

Ah, January is upon us: The wind is howling, the thermometer is plummeting, and we are greeted by the nineteenth consecutive edition of Quality Counts, Education Week’s compilation of mostly useful data, analysis, rankings and commentaries.

01/16/2015

Behind the Headline: Governor Trumpets Reforms – and Makes Surprising Pitch for School Vouchers

In his State of the State address earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called on the legislature to pass a bill to create an Opportunity Scholarship program for low-income students to be funded through state tax credits.

01/16/2015

Carmen Fariña’s War on Evidence

While running the nation’s largest school system, Carmen Farina has made a growing list of decisions based not on empirical evidence, but on the chancellor’s personal preference.

01/15/2015
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