NYT Hatchet Job on Charters

The New York Times has a front page piece on charter schools in Detroit that is so factually mistaken, misleading, and tendentious that it requires a response.

Response: What NPR’s ‘Hit Piece’ Got Wrong in Attacking Rocketship’s ‘Impressive Results’

Rather than dig in and really understand what underlies our Rocketeers’ impressive achievements, NPR went to great pains in trying to undermine our success.

Give Vouchers Time: Low-income Families Need as Many Quality School Options as Possible

The goal of Louisiana’s private school choice policy is to expand the number of high quality, free or low-cost schooling options available to low-income families.

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Startups Tackle Disparities in New Ways

Startups are offering new forms of human and social capital to schools and students to make up for staffing disparities in teachers and guidance counselors.

In the News: Leg Up or Catch Up? Wealthier Students Use Summer School to Get a Step Ahead

Summer school has become a place where some students do remedial work to make up an “F” grade while other students take advanced classes to get ahead.

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Can Charter School Autonomy Coexist with Community Control over Schools?

A community’s voters want to have a say over what types of schools exist, what constitutes “good schools,” who runs them, how an area’s culture and traditions are passed on, and much more.

In the News: Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes

A new paper looks at the impact of having demographically similar teachers on a wide range of students’ academic perceptions.

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In the News: What’s Really in LAUSD’s Online Credit Recovery Courses?

An L.A. Times editorial writer arranged to take one of the online credit recovery courses taken by students and found good and bad.

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Three Fixes for the Charter Marketplace

Even after twenty-five years, charters in most places remain an alien implant in the body of American public education, and all sorts of immune reactions persist.

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

A Scholarly Approach to School Accountability

States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

Of Big ‘R’ and Little ‘r’ School Reform

For all the passion, though, I’m not sure that we actually have all that clear an idea of what it means to be a “reformer.”

How DC and New Orleans Are Addressing Excessive Discipline While Respecting School Autonomy

No one doubts that suspension and expulsion rates in too many public schools are far too high. But simply telling schools to “do less” suspensions and expulsions, has not worked.

10 States Spend More on Employee Retirement Costs Than on Higher Education

Pensions are eating further and further into state and local education budgets, eating up dollars that could be spent on lots of other things, especially higher education.

In the News: Making Sense of the Opt Out Movement

To make sense of the opt-out phenomenon, Education Next has published a forum featuring two public school parents with contrasting views on opting out.

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In the News: How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won

Writing for the 74, Matt Barnum takes a long look at education policy in California, where Governor Jerry Brown has led the charge against testing and accountability

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The NAEP Proficiency Myth

NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.

The Value of NAEP Achievement Levels

NAEP’s achievement levels, especially “proficient,” do expect a lot from American schools and students, but proficiency in twelfth-grade reading on NAEP equates pretty closely to college readiness.

In the News: Coming of Age in a City Coming Apart

Khalil Bridges is a senior at one of Baltimore’s poorest and most violent high schools, Renaissance Academy High School.

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The Disconnect Between Changing Test Scores and Changing Later Life Outcomes Strikes Again

Given the disconnect between test scores and later life outcomes we need significantly greater humility about knowing which schools are succeeding.

In the News: The Exit Exam Paradox

In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum looks at what states are doing about their exit exams now that they are using Common Core-aligned tests,

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Personalized Learning and Sound Curriculum—Two Sides of the Same Coin

Personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge; indeed, it is a powerful means for enabling students to master core knowledge

School Reform Is the New Ed. School

Both communities are bound by a stifling orthodoxy so ingrained that it’s invisible to its adherents.

School Choice as an Antipoverty Strategy

Even in a time of great political polarization, at least some school choice policies have the potential to foster bipartisan collaboration.

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