We welcome the chance to respond to Nelson Smith’s review of our book, particularly on issues of teacher voice, diversity and achievement.
I salute the authors for their extensive reporting on how charters are solving some of the toughest problems on their plate. But in order to justify their proposed remedies, they portray chartering as a nearly-terminal case, rather than as a robust movement.
What personalized learning looks like now, what it could be, and how technology can help.
The greatest friction between contemporary education reform and conservatism is the former’s obsession with “new” and the latter’s deep skepticism of it.
What candidates running for governor and the U.S. Senate have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K.
Simply having a technology plan may not be a meaningful proxy for a clear blended learning strategy or support system.
In 2009, a new charter school in New York City announced that it would pay all its teachers $125,000 a year with the possibility of a bonus on top of that. A new study by Mathematica finds that students at the school (called The Equity Project) have learned in four years as much math as they would have learned in 5.6 years elsewhere.
Americans assign far higher grades to the public schools in their local community than to the public schools of the nation as a whole.
There’s been no problem too big or too small for Arne Duncan’s Department of Education to tackle. His Office of Civil Rights has been a prime example of executive overreach and federal interference run amok.
The cover story of Time magazine this week looks at the “latest batch of tech tycoons turned education reformers” who are behind the Vergara v. California lawsuit.
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Teachers are forced to forego their own retirement savings in order to pay down a debt accrued over many years. It harms their future retirement security and, by forcing districts into painful budget decisions, it harms the quality of education delivered to Colorado’s students.
Not every student will benefit from music, theater, or sports, and very few of them will go on to careers in music, acting, or sports, but those of us who support a broad education recognize that all of these activities have important benefits for many students and should be part of schools.
New research from New York City continues to find that small high schools there have boosted graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color.
Many of today’s most prominent reforms are quite popular, but it looks like folks are perturbed by a meddlesome Uncle Sam
The New York Times Room for Debate page hosts a variety of pieces today on whether high schools should drop their sports teams.
Teachers unions are spending big in this year’s midterm elections.
The organization of state superintendents and the organization of big urban school districts will work together to audit the number and types of tests administered and develop new systems that are leaner and more integrated.
It’s long past time to recognize that reading tests don’t measure what we think they do.
A common perception about how we pay public sector workers is fundamentally flawed.
At one elementary school, the average income is almost $250,000 per year. Is this school really more “public” than an inner-city Catholic school serving poor minority children? The public spends $12,000 per child on the former and $0 per child on the latter. Tell me again why that’s fair?
If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
Before we retreat to the pre-NCLB era of grade-span testing or revert to some other testing-light position, let’s at least recall some of the benefits of annual testing of all kids.
The overheated rhetoric around Common Core elides the fact that it incorporates several fundamentally sound and long-overdue ideas that have gone missing from our schools for decades.