Behind the Headline: The War on Teacher Tenure

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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Behind the Headline: Houston Superintendent Wins Urban Educator of the Year Award

On Top of the News Houston Superintendent Wins Urban Educator of the Year Award 10/23/14 | District Dossier (Ed Week) Behind the Headline Still Reforming After All These Years Fall 2014 | Education Next Terry Grier, the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, has been given the 2014 Urban Educator of the Year award […]

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Colorado’s Unreal Teacher Retirement Plan

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.

Narrowing Education

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.

Behind the Headline: Another MDRC Study Confirms Wisdom of New Small High Schools

New research from New York City continues to find that small high schools there have boosted graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color.

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Is Uncle Sam Ed Reform’s Biggest Liability?

Many of today’s most prominent reforms are quite popular, but it looks like folks are perturbed by a meddlesome Uncle Sam

Behind the Headline: Taking Sports Out Of School

The New York Times Room for Debate page hosts a variety of pieces today on whether high schools should drop their sports teams.

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Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Are Putting Themselves On November’s Ballot

Teachers unions are spending big in this year’s midterm elections.

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Ten Things To Know About The CCSSO-CGCS Testing Plan

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.

Let’s Tell the Truth: High-Stakes Tests Damage Reading Instruction

It’s long past time to recognize that reading tests don’t measure what we think they do.

Teachers Would Prefer Cash

A common perception about how we pay public sector workers is fundamentally flawed.

The Twenty-Five Richest Elementary Schools in the Richest Region of the Country

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?

What the 2014 Senate Elections Might Mean for Education

If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.

A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

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.

What’s Right About Common Core

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.

The New Education Trust Report: The Triumph of Hope Over Experience

When designing accountability systems, we need to find the sweet spot between defeatism and utopianism. In my view, that’s exactly what the states are trying to do. They deserve our praise, not our derision.

Ed Reform’s Blind Spot: Catholic Schools and Social Capital

By ignoring the closure of urban Catholic schools, we have not only allowed high-quality seats to disappear, we’ve also allowed the further deterioration of the threadbare social fabric of fraying communities.

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.

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Behind the Headline: Montgomery School Officials Ask for Delay in Using New State Tests for Graduation

In Maryland, where students will take new tests based on the Common Core standards for the first time this year, one school board is asking the state to delay a requirement that students pass the new tests to graduate from high school.

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School Reform, Philadelphia Style

On Monday, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission shocked the city by announcing that it would unilaterally cut health care benefits to city teachers rather than continue to negotiate with the teacher’s union.

Behind the Headline: How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

In the New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Confessore looks at the political fight over efforts to bring healthier food to school cafeterias, and explains how the School Nutrition Association became “Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

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Time for a Reboot

It’s probably time for education reformers and policymakers to admit that just pushing harder on test-driven accountability as the primary tool for changing our creaky old public school system is apt to yield more backlash than accomplishment

Behind the Headline: How Much Do We Spend on Education?

“In poll after poll, Americans vastly underestimate per-pupil education funding and overall school spending,” writes Nathan Benefield on Forbes.com.

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The Stock Market Has Recovered. Why Haven’t Pensions?

Pension plans have not made much of a dent in their long-term unfunded debt. How could this be?

How To Kill Reading Achievement

Complaints about close reading bother me less than its potential overuse, or the creeping notion that close reading is what all reading instruction should look like under Common Core. That would be bad for the standards, and even worse for reading achievement in the U.S.

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