June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.
In a speech this evening at the National PTA Convention in Orlando, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. will call on parent and teachers to create diverse schools where students of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have access to good teachers and learning opportunities like he did.
As I watched the coverage and read the analysis, it did strike me that there are four cautions to pull from the fray that America’s school reformers would do well to heed.
Just as choice is achieving escape velocity, a groupthink gang is grabbing the reins of ed reform organizations to advocate for greater restrictions and regulations on choice.
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.
Rather than dig in and really understand what underlies our Rocketeers’ impressive achievements, NPR went to great pains in trying to undermine our success.
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.
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.
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.
A new paper looks at the impact of having demographically similar teachers on a wide range of students’ academic perceptions.
An L.A. Times editorial writer arranged to take one of the online credit recovery courses taken by students and found good and bad.
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.
States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.
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.
Khalil Bridges is a senior at one of Baltimore’s poorest and most violent high schools, Renaissance Academy High School.