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Behind the Headline: In Keynote, NEA President Garcia Strikes Populist Tone

The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today.

07/03/2015

Speak Up! Change the World! Ruin your Career!

Bad ideas are preserved when current experts are afraid to fall out of favor with their colleagues and ambitious, budding experts are afraid to be rejected by the establishment so nobody speaks up.

07/02/2015

ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.

07/02/2015

Behind the Headline: New Fund Aims to Grow Quality Private Schools

A small group of philanthropists and investors are founding a new philanthropic venture known as the Drexel Fund aimed at creating new high-quality private schools for 50,000 low- and middle-income students over the next decade.

07/02/2015

Real Autonomy, Real Accountability: Pacts Americana

Can the performance-contract approach of chartering be used to re-envision ESEA?

07/01/2015

Change Education To Attack Technology-Driven Unemployment

As technology transforms society in the years ahead, it’s critical that our education system keeps pace.

07/01/2015

4 Things North Carolina Can Teach Us About the Market for New Teachers

North Carolina has a new “Educator Quality Dashboard” with some fascinating data on teacher preparation in the state.

07/01/2015

Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Case on Public Sector Union Fees

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

06/30/2015

What We’re Watching: Turnaround Districts — Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan

On June 29, Fordham hosted a discussion on turnaround school districts which included the leaders of these state-run districts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan.

06/30/2015

RIP, Marva Collins

Marva Collins put her own money and reputation on the line to prove that poor minority kids could succeed just fine if given the right kinds of expectations, encouragement, and instruction.

06/30/2015

Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.

06/29/2015

What We’re Watching: Why Proficiency Matters

The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched Why Proficiency Matters, an interactive website that will help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.

06/29/2015

Summer School is Coming, Get Parents Involved

Parents who are given actionable feedback on how their kids are doing in summer school are more likely to talk with their kids and their kids are more likely to earn course credit.

06/29/2015

Behind the Headline: Study on Minorities in Special Education Proves Provocative

According to the conventional wisdom, minority students tend to be overrepresented in special ed because teachers are biased against them. Black students are 1.4 times more likely to be placed in special education than students of other races and ethnicities combined.

06/29/2015

Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

The story of New Orleans’ success entails two parts: a disaster that created room to reinvent a deeply troubled urban school system and an energetic commitment to seize that opportunity.

06/26/2015

Behind the Headline: What If Students Got Free College Tuition? Study Examines Kalamazoo Promise

A new study finds that the Kalamazoo Promise is boosting college enrollment and college success.

06/26/2015

Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Upholds Broad Discrimination Claims Under Housing Law

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does allow “disparate impact” claims, in which plaintiffs only need to show that a particular practice has a disparate impact on a minority group and not evidence of discriminatory intent.

06/25/2015

Education Savings Account Wonk-A-Thon Recap

As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.

06/25/2015

What We’re Watching: Campbell Brown Launches The Seventy Four

Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown is launching an education-focused website called The Seventy Four, named “for the 74 million children in America — the people the education establishment is supposed to serve.”

06/24/2015

The Key to Rigorous Online Assessments

Is it possible to integrate human-graded assessments into online learning software?

06/24/2015

What We’re Watching: The State of Entrepreneurship in K–12 Education

On June 24, 2015 AEI hosted a research conference on the current role of entrepreneurship in improving K-12 Education.

06/24/2015

Behind the Headline: Why Are American Schools Slowing Down So Many Bright Children?

Jay Mathews writes about a new report that describes ways of accelerating learning for gifted students and then describes barriers that school administrators and state legislators sometimes set up to block students who might do better in more challenging classes.

06/23/2015

Who Opts Out of State Tests?

District-level data from New York suggest that relatively affluent districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, and that districts with lower test scores have higher opt-out rates after taking socioeconomic status into account

06/23/2015

Behind the Headline: Cami Anderson, Picked by Christie, Is Out as Newark Schools Superintendent

On Top of the News Cami Anderson, Picked by Christie, Is Out as Newark Schools Superintendent 6/23/15 | New York Times Behind the Headline Newark’s Superintendent Rolls Up Her Sleeves and Gets To Work Winter 2013 | Education Next Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the Newark public school system since 2011, resigned on Monday. Anderson […]

06/23/2015

Big Impact: Supreme Court Housing Decision Could Have Significant Effect on Education

The education community should be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules on a housing case from Dallas which considers whether plaintiffs can bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

06/21/2015

Teacher Experience Levels Vary By State

Data suggest that some states should be investing much more heavily in teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

06/21/2015

Behind the Headline: The Outrageous Treatment Of One Of The Nation’s Most Outstanding Teachers

Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles, has become famous for helping his students, who come from low-income Hispanic and Korean families, put on a Shakespeare play every year.

06/21/2015

Behind the Headline: School Field Trips Go Virtual

In the Wall Street Journal, Caroline Porter describes the rise of the virtual field trip.

06/20/2015

Behind the Headline: Cover Story: Playdate

The cover of this week’s New Yorker shows two girls playing Minecraft on a playdate and in an article inside, Chris Ware describes what playing Miinecraft looks like to a parent of a 10-year-old girl.

06/19/2015

What We’re Watching: Who Invented the Common Core?

USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.

06/19/2015

Behind the Headline: Share of Births to Unmarried Women Dips, Reversing a Long Trend

New data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control show that the overall birth rate in the U.S. went up last year but that the rate of unmarried women who gave birth declined.

06/18/2015

Using Video to Make Classroom Observations More Fair, More Helpful, and Less Burdensome

The use of teacher-collected video in classroom observations did seem to improve the classroom observation process.

06/18/2015

What We’re Watching: The Knowledge of Capital Nations

Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth

06/18/2015

Behind the Headline: A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, will partner with MIT to create a new kind of teacher training program, funded by $30 million from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

06/17/2015

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein)

A new initiative aims to define, develop, and validate measures of what have often been called non-cognitive skills, but we think are more accurately described as character traits.

06/17/2015

Illinois Pension Reform Law Unconstitutional. What’s Next?

Court tells the state it can’t cut benefits for existing workers, so new and future workers will have to bear the full brunt of cuts.

06/17/2015

Behind the Headline: How Effective Are Online Credit Recovery Programs?

“Despite the rising presence of online credit recovery programs, there exists scant evidence as to their effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, or their impact on other outcomes of interest,” notes Ly Le on the blog of the Albert Shanker Institute.

06/16/2015

What We’re Watching: The New TNTP: A Conversation with Daniel Weisberg

The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.

06/16/2015

A Peek Inside the Classroom Black Box

Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?

06/16/2015
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