Behind the Headline: How D.C. Got To Be an Education Hot Spot

Richard Whitmire looks at the evolving competition between district schools and charter schools in Washington, D.C. in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

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Whither the NEA?

Perhaps the historic coupling of the NEA and the Democratic Party is loosening a bit.

Disruptive Innovation And Education

Disrupting our K–12 schools or our public school districts is impossible today because there is no nonconsumption of education in this country, but helping our schools use disruptive innovation to disrupt the classroom—the way they arrange teaching and learning—is possible.

Teacher Pensions, Recruitment, and Retention

Are state pension plans a recruitment or retention incentive for teachers? It’s complicated, but many of the claims about the value of pensions don’t stand up to scrutiny.

Design Matters: The Future of School Choice

Policymakers should learn from other states’ experience when designing their own scholarship tax credit laws.

On School Discipline, Let’s Not Repeat All Our Old Mistakes

President Obama’s policy will have a predictable effect: eliminating suspensions and expulsions as an option for school administrators.

Breaking Down “The Chartered Course”

The charter school sector has potentially valuable lessons for private school leaders.

Why Johnny Won’t Learn to Read

We know for a fact that “balanced literacy” has had little effect on closing stubborn achievement gaps. So why is New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina bringing it back?

The NCES, NIEER, and Spinning Preschool Data

The job of a statistical agency is to provide people with data by which they can judge these things for themselves. On the preschool front, the National Center for Education Statistics has let the country down.

Vergara, Harris, and the Fate of the Teacher Unions

We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.

Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

The Department of Education has released a new plan to ensure that poor and minority students have equal access to effective teachers.

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Cheese, Charter Schools & Promising Developments in Special Ed

Why some of the most competent charters are choosing to become their own LEAs and take full responsibility for special education

Chester E. Finn, Jr. Honored with Award from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

One of the intellectual godfathers of the charter movement is inducted into the Charter School Hall of Fame.

A Missed Opportunity for Common Core

Common Core supporters should be showcasing lessons that represent a sharp break with the skills-driven, all-texts-are-created-equal approach that has come to dominate too many classrooms.

Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement

Principal hiring practices continue to fall short of what is needed, effectively causing needy schools to lose out on leaders with the potential to be great.

It’s a Rookie Mistake

The relative weakness of novice teachers is not proof of poor teacher preparation.

Behind the Headline: What to Expect From This Year’s NEA Convention

The annual convention of the National Education Association (NEA) begins on Wednesday, July 2 in Denver.

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Pie in the Special-Ed Sky?

Will the new federal regulatory scheme lead to real change on the ground?

Conscious Incompetence: New Ed-School Grads are Unprepared to Teach — and We Seem Fine With That

Ask a teacher about his or her first year in the classroom and you’ll hear, either with a smile or a shudder, how “nothing prepared me for my first year as a teacher.”

The ‘Balanced Literacy’ Hoax

Balanced literacy is neither “balanced” nor “literacy,” at least not in the sense that poor kids taught to read via this approach will end up literate.

Americans Want Choice, Not Government Mandates

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.

Behind the Headline: De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced (under pressure from the state legislature) changes that will make it easier for special-needs students to attend private school at public expense when their parents believe that public schools are not meeting the needs of their children.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline and the Federal Government

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) jointly released a “Dear Colleague Letter” containing guidance for schools on avoiding discrimination against students on the basis of race when administering school disciplinary policies.

Behind the Headline: States’ Special Education Services Face Tighter Oversight by the Obama Administration

The U.S. Department of Education is changing the way it holds states accountable for the education of students with special needs to focus more on results and less on inputs.

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Behind the Headline: Principals Have More Authority Than They Think, New Study Says

A new study finds that many of the barriers that principals cite as impediments to change and innovation are not true impediments and could easily be circumvented.

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