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.

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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.

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ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

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

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.

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Real Autonomy, Real Accountability: Pacts Americana

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

Change Education To Attack Technology-Driven Unemployment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

The Key to Rigorous Online Assessments

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

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.

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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

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 […]

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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).

Teacher Experience Levels Vary By State

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

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.

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Behind the Headline: School Field Trips Go Virtual

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

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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.

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