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The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

Is the best urban district good enough?

04/16/2014

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.

04/15/2014

Is TFA to Blame for the Rise in Teacher Attrition?

No, or at least not very much

04/14/2014

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.

04/14/2014

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.

04/14/2014

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.

04/14/2014

The Opt-Out Outrage

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

04/14/2014

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.

04/11/2014

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.

04/11/2014

Friday Catchall: Job Opportunities and Quick Reads

CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more

04/11/2014

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.

04/11/2014

A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

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

04/10/2014

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.

04/09/2014

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.

04/09/2014

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

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

04/09/2014

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?”

04/09/2014

The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

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

04/09/2014

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.

04/08/2014

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.

04/08/2014

What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?

04/07/2014

Recent Edu-Reads, For Your Perusing Pleasure

School boards, charter schools, and more

04/07/2014

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.

04/07/2014

Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies

In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.

04/07/2014

Behind the Headline: Can Free College Save American Cities?

In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

04/04/2014

Behind the Headline: Opting In to Enthusiasm for the Common Core Tests

While newspapers are reporting on parents who are opting their kids out of state testing, students in Brooklyn who attend Uncommon Schools charters are gearing up for the tests in “wacky and joyful” ways.

04/04/2014

What We’re Watching: All Students Can

Ed Trust on how all students can achieve at higher levels.

04/04/2014

The Two Tracks of School Reform

Standards-based reform and school choice are interdependent, maybe even codependent.

04/03/2014

A Concluded Battle in the Curriculum Wars

Abundant research supports content-oriented curricula in the “softer” subjects of English Language Arts and social studies/history.

04/02/2014

How Generous Are Public Pensions?

For the average full-career state worker, traditional defined benefit plans are working quite well.

04/02/2014

What We’re Watching: Closing the Language Gap

A gadget that counts words spoken to children is used to help close the “word gap” between affluent and low-income families (NYT)

04/02/2014

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

What does it take for charters to achieve success with kids who have disabilities? Something not so different from what works with low-income kids.

04/01/2014

Indiana and the Common Core

Could more states join Indiana in dropping the standards?

03/31/2014

Beating the Odds: Some School Boards Can Do It

A new study uses survey data from 900 school board members in 419 school districts.

03/31/2014

Focus on the Opportunities Ed Tech Brings, Not the Hype

When we talk educational technology, there’s far too much excited talk about big purchases of tablets or assessment systems and far too little about just what educators and students are supposed to actually do with these.

03/31/2014

Behind the Headline: Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”

03/31/2014

School Reform and Vocational School Reform in Korea

Meister High Schools are converted vocational schools that partner with companies in specific industries to create educational experiences tailored to the needs of the workforce.

03/28/2014

Behind the Headline: More Americans Moving to Cities, Reversing the Suburban Exodus

According to new data from the Census Bureau, the American city is experiencing something of a renaissance, as more Americans, especially young professionals and Baby Boomers, move to the centers of the nation’s metropolitan areas.

03/28/2014

Homework Horror Stories

Recent stories in the popular press have featured children burdened with an enormous amount of homework, three hours or more per night. Are these students’ experiences typical or rare?

03/27/2014

Cutting the Tie Between Education and Housing

Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.

03/27/2014
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