Marci Kanstoroom

    Author Bio:
    Marci Kanstoroom is Executive Editor and Senior Web Editor at Education Next. She is also Senior Editor at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She has written and edited numerous publications on charter schools, teacher quality, and federal education policy, and she has testified on education issues before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. A Maryland native, Kanstoroom holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where she studied political philosophy and American government.


A Battle Begun, Not Won

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see Pyrrhic Victories? by Frederick M. Hess, Michael J. Petrilli, […]

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

New Teacher Evaluation System in D.C. Includes Test Scores

Podcast: Jason Kamras, deputy to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in charge of human capital, talks with Education Next about the new teacher evaluation system put in place in D.C.

Race to the Top

Business model a guide to replicating quality schools

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

Balancing Act

Redefining the district's role under standards-based reform

Fall 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 3

Looking in the Wrong Place

As the proverbial story goes, a drunk, when asked where he had lost his keys, pointed off in the darkness, far from the lamppost under which he was searching. “But the light’s better here,” he explained. So it is with the new federal study of charter schools. That study plans to look at 50 middle […]

Fall 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 4

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Have Democrats Failed the White Working Class?

McLanahan and Jencks provide data showing that growing up with one parent reduces chances of graduating high school by 40 percent


Howls of Protest? Check!

Whatever the requirements are for earning different credentials, however, the true value of a high school diploma is established by the colleges that admit and the employers who hire our high school graduates.


Is Character Education the Answer?

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


Holding Students Accountable for Changing into Their Gym Clothes

Are traditional P.E. classes likely to be an effective tool in fighting obesity? What little research there is finds no association between PE and weight loss and obesity. One reason more P.E. has not led to weight loss might be that traditional PE classes do not always offer students a real workout, particularly in high school. Students don’t like having to change into gym clothes and get sweaty in the middle of the day. So P.E. teachers may end up grading students in part based on whether they change into their P.E. clothes. The 25th Hour PE class at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is different.


Educators Beware: Bee Season is Approaching

Competition is making a comeback, according to June Kronholz. Her new article looks at the growth of academic bees and bowls like the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the National Geographic Bee. “Americans thrive on competition,” June writes. “But American schools have been suspicious of competition for generations, and are generally horrified by the idea that success should be accompanied by a reward like a title, a trophy, or a cash prize.”


School Districts and Alternatives

In a new article, “Out of the Mainstream,” Lynne Blumberg wonders what ever happened to the alternative high schools that thrived in the 1970s, which were very different from the alternative schools she encounters today. What she found was in part a story about changing times and changing students, but also a story about unchanging school districts.


Getting Effective Teachers into the Schools Where They Are Needed Most

Last month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan affirmed the education department’s commitment to working with districts to get effective teachers into the schools where they are needed most. The Race to the Top competition and proposals to reauthorize No Child Left Behind both include efforts to ensure the equitable distribution of effective teachers. But boosting the numbers of effective teachers in high-need schools is not a simple matter. In a new article, Kati Haycock of the Education Trust and Eric Hanushek of Stanford University engage in a debate over the most promising strategies for increasing the number of effective teachers in high-poverty schools.


A Marketplace Which Includes Virtual Schools or a Good School in Every Neighborhood?

Over at Eduwonk, Andy Rotherham is hosting a debate between Ed Next’s Paul Peterson and Diane Ravitch. Peterson (Saving Schools) and Ravitch (The Death and Life of the Great American School System) both have new books out that diagnose the problems with America’s schools and offer a way forward. The opening statements by Peterson and […]


E.D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy and American Democracy

In a new book, The Making of Americans, E.D. Hirsch explicitly connects the idea of cultural literacy to the subject of civics—“the role of a common system of public schools in educating a citizenry to the level necessary to maintain a democracy.”


Charter Schools and Basketball

Charter schools are not generally known for their athletic programs–many do not even field teams–but in Washington, D.C., where charter schools now enroll 38 percent of public school students, charter school basketball has gone big time… in some schools.


The Rug Rat Race

A paper being presented today at Brookings seeks to explain why college-educated parents are spending more time than ever with their children. The answer, suggest Garey and Valerie Ramey, economists at UCSD: they’re spending more time with their kids, especially older kids, to help the kids get into competitive colleges. Here’s the abstract for the […]


Are There Really No Bad Schools in Raleigh-Wake County?

The school board in Wake County, N.C. will vote today on a proposal to do away with the policy of assigning students to schools to achieve socioeconomic diversity. Wake County parents unhappy with the school assignment policy elected a school board last fall with a majority of members who pledged to limit long bus rides for students and promote neighborhood schools. A 2009 book by Gerald Grant tells the story of how Raleigh and Wake County ended up with integrated schools in the first place.


New Teacher Evaluation System in D.C. Includes Test Scores

Podcast: Jason Kamras, deputy to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in charge of human capital, talks with Education Next about the new teacher evaluation system put in place in D.C.

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