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Charter Paean Disguised as a Donors’ Guide

From Promising to Proven is a meditation on the history, status, and future of charter schooling


Despite Success in New York City, It’s Time for Charters to Guard Their Flanks

Charter enthusiasts should not rest on their laurels. Although the movement has acquired a critical mass, school districts and teachers unions across the country are fighting charters with renewed energy.


Behind the Headline: NCAA Bans Coursework Completed by Athletes in 24 K12 Inc. Virtual Schools

Students attending two dozen virtual schools run by K12 will not be able to count the courses they take at those schools toward NCAA eligibility.


What We’re Listening To: Texas Ten Percent Plan

The author of a new study on the impact of the Ten Percent plan on college enrollment talks with Houston Public Media.


What We’re Watching: State Education Agencies: The Smaller the Better?

Fordham hosted a panel on April 24 to discuss whether SEAs should be shrunk and their responsibilities given to others.


Shakespeare’s Birthday and the Death of Humanities

As long as folks have little appreciation for the arts and humanities are dominating ed reform discussions, we are unlikely to make much progress in reviving those topics in schools.


What We’re Watching: A Charter School Authorizer in Action

Watch the D.C. Public Charter School Board as it considers new charter school applications and other policies. Tonight’s meeting will be streamed live starting at 6:30 pm.


‘College and Career Ready’ Sounds Great. But What About the Kids Who Are Neither?

What should we do with these students while they are in high school? What education offerings would benefit them the most?


The Bay State, British Blues, and Barber

A new report by Sir Michael Barber Barber’s is an exhaustive—if exhausting—assessment of Massachusetts’ standing and a thorough plan for generating improved results.


Behind the Headline: Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a Michigan measure that banned the use of affirmative action in admission to the state’s public universities.


Behind the Headline: AFT’s Lesson-Sharing Site Clocks a Half-Million Registrants

Share My Lesson, a website developed by the AFT to help teachers share lesson plans, now has 500,000 registered users.


Common-Core Critics Can’t Just Say No

It’s important to offer solutions, not just complaints.


Eye-Opening Snapshot of State-Level Reform Activity

Developments in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Indiana, and Louisiana


Behind the Headline: The Common Core Makes Simple Math More Complicated. Here’s Why.

The Common Core math standards will require that elementary school kids not just to know how to subtract, multiply and divide, but to understand what they’re doing and why.


The Testing Pendulum

If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.


The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics (Part 2)

The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves.


What We’re Watching: Ken Burns’ Documentary on the Greenwood School

“The Address” focuses on students at the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, who are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.


Will Youth CareerConnect Disrupt or Sustain?

The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.


The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

Is the best urban district good enough?


What We’re Listening To: With Common Core, D.C. Students Read More — And More Deeply

WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza looks at what the new standards mean for students.


Is TFA to Blame for the Rise in Teacher Attrition?

No, or at least not very much


Behind the Headline: Appeals Panel Rebuffs Foes of Online Instruction in Two Charter Schools

A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.


The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics

The brute force and directness required for adopting national standards makes its effective implementation in a diverse, decentralized, and democratic country impossible.


Jeb Bush, the Common Core, and 2016

In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.


The Opt-Out Outrage

Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?


Next for Neerav, NSNO, and NOLA

After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.


Behind the Headline: Just Two Districts Named Broad Prize Finalists

The Broad Prize, awarded to an urban district for showing great improvement in student achievement, particularly among low-income and minority students, has only two finalists this year, Gwinnett County, Ga. and Orange County, Fla.


Friday Catchall: Job Opportunities and Quick Reads

CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more


What We’re Watching: A High School That Teaches Students to Fly

Students at Davis Aerospace, a public school in Detroit, can earn a pilot’s license.


A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

A modern-day Flexner report should focus on finding a more effective model of teacher training.


Behind the Headline: Court: Louisiana Must Report Voucher Data

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Louisiana must provide the U.S. Department of Justice with data on the students participating in the state’s voucher program.


Top Prize for Article on Graduates of No Excuses Schools in College

Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.


What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”


The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.


The Pension IOU

Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.


Behind the Headline: America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.


What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?


Recent Edu-Reads, For Your Perusing Pleasure

School boards, charter schools, and more


Behind the Headline: School District Weighs School Choice Program to Fight Declining Enrollment

In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.

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