The Perils of Edutourism

American adventurers have fanned out across the globe to bring back to the United States the lessons of other school systems. It might produce good journalism, but it also tends to produce very bad social science.

Should Teaching “Soft” Skills Be A Priority?

An interview with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed

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Winter 2015 Issue of Education Next Now Available Online

Poll results on Common Core, changes in teachers union politics, how best to evaluate teachers, and more in the latest issue of Education Next.

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Punishing Achievement In Our Schools

The most recent exercise of mission creep and nanny-statism by the Office for Civil Rights involves what the enforcers call “equal access to educational resources.”

Strong Charter Accountability in D.C.

In Washington, D.C., more kids are in high-performing charters, the number of high-performing charters is growing, and the number of struggling charters is shrinking. But why?

What Else Should KIPP Be Doing With Blended Learning?

Is KIPP falling prey to the classic innovator’s dilemma by not deploying disruptive innovations?

Behind the Headline: Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

The Obama administration will be issuing guidance for school districts this week on the use of single-sex classrooms.

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Behind the Headline: U.S. Wants Teacher Training Programs to Track How Graduates’ Students Perform

The Department of Education released proposed rules yesterday that will require states to rate teacher preparation programs on measures that will include the academic performance of the students of their graduates, which the teacher preparation programs must track.

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A Better Path Than ‘Blowing Up’ Schools of Education

Given their steady revenues, credentialing authority, political relationships, and millions of alumni not much interested in major change, “blowing up” the existing schools of education is just not a viable option. It’s not even a desirable one.

A Five Point Plan To Resuscitate Catholic Schools

Two big changes in American education policy have been good for kids in general, but not particularly good for Catholic schools, especially the urban variety.

Illinois Turns Its Back to the Future

A court ruling is potentially very problematic for new teachers and those who aren’t yet teaching.

D.C.’s Outstanding and Improving Charter School Sector

Test scores in D.C. offer reason to believe that chartering—if done smartly—can replace the district system for delivering public education in America’s cities.

Behind the Headline: Snyder Aims to Revamp Detroit Schools

City and state officials are looking into ways of reorganizing the school system in Detroit, and are getting advice from Paul Pastorek, who helped turn around the school district in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Behind the Headline: Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division is taking on tracking and ability grouping in school districts where they lead to unequal racial representation in high-level classes, charging that black students are not being provided an equal opportunity to participate in advanced learning opportunities.

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Education Innovation: Lessons from Latin America

Perhaps the most surprising recent phenomenon in Latin America has been the extent to which entrepreneurs, companies, and investors, are getting involved in education.

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Behind the Headline: Jeb Bush Speech Will Add to 2016 Election Intrigue

On Thursday, Jeb Bush will give a speech in Washington, D.C. at his think tank’s annual conference.

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How To Get Blended Learning Right

What happens when reformers try to use blended learning in a disruptive way in the hardest-to-serve parts of Detroit?

Cami Anderson and the Forces of Unreason

Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.

Behind the Headline: How Strict Is Too Strict?

Is the strictness and attention to detail of these ‘No Excuses’ schools a good fit for high school students?

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Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?

Courts have yet to reach a final verdict on teacher tenure and seniority rights, but the court of public opinion has already made a clear determination.

New Waiver Guidance Will Sink Schools Where All Boats Are Rising

Because there are achievement gaps at Sawgrass Elementary School, the folks in Washington don’t think this school deserves an A.

Teachers’ Unions Support Local Collective Bargaining…Except When it Comes to Their Pensions

Teachers might prefer a different arrangement than current state pension plans, but they don’t really have a voice in those decisions.

Mixed Results for Arizona’s Charter Schools

Charter schools vary more in their impact on student performance on state tests than traditional public schools; there are more charters with very large positive or very large negative test-score impacts than there are traditional public schools with such extreme outcomes.

A Response to Carol Burris and Rick Hess on Common Core Math in the Elementary Grades

Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools,

How a Portfolio District Differs from a School District: A Response to Jay Greene

Plus what it would really mean to let the market work itself out

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