It’s Not Nothing: The Role of Money in Improving Education

Two recent studies provide evidence that money matters, but that it will take massive amounts to close gaps.

How Civil Rights Enforcement Got Swept Into the Culture Wars, and What a New Administration Can Do About It

The incoming leaders of the civil rights office should demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law by following APA’s notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures.

Why Senate Republicans Should Resist the Urge to Repeal the ESSA Accountability Reguations

Repealing the regs via the Congressional Review Act will make ESSA implementation a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be.

Is the US Education Bar Set Too Low For All Kids?

What if the city opened more accelerated schools, and, instead of testing in, parents were given a choice about whether to enroll their children

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Don’t Let Student Borrowers Off Tax-free

A proposal that would allow employers to help pay off their employees’ student loans tax-free would provide a regressive handout to the wealthiest borrowers.

Leaping to Judgment on School Choice

Contrary to recent editorials in some major U.S newspapers, the empirical research on school choice programs is far more positive than not.

Touring the Clever Countries

A review of “Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers” by Lucy Crehan

Letting Federal Data Drive State and Local Policy Under Secretary DeVos

While the appropriate federal role in the policies and practices of local schools is a matter of debate, ensuring transparency through data collection should not be.

In the News: Trump Highlighted This Unusual School Choice Idea Last Night

Here’s how a scholarship tax credit program works.

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Is Charter School Growth Flat-Lining?

The rate of charter school growth was at 6 to 8 percent until the 2014-2015 school year. It is now down to 1.8 percent.

How ESSA Regulation Protects Choice and Local Flexibility

Proactive choice regulations and/or guidance will give states and districts the legal assurance they need to innovate and provide more options to families.

Forty Important ESSA Rules Endangered by Republicans’ Repeal Efforts

These regulations do more to empower states, local communities, and parents and clarify what’s possible under the law than they do to limit them.

In the News: Suspensions Plummet in NYC School that Incentivizes Good Behavior

A middle school in New York City reports fewer suspensions under the school’s new approach to discipline, but there is not yet much rigorous evidence to support new approaches.

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What Title I Portability Would Mean for the Distribution of Federal Education Aid

Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,

What Happens If Obama’s ESSA Regulations are Repealed?

If the ESSA rules are repealed, states could be left with little more than an ambiguous statute and non-binding assurances from the executive and legislative branches.

In the News: Colleges Remake Remedial Education by Going Back to High School

Troubled by high percentages of students who are not ready for credit-bearing work when they enter community college, Tennessee is experimenting with a different approach.

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Time to Roll Back Obama’s Misguided Discipline Guidance

The extent to which Uncle Sam should intrude himself into school discipline practices—and the extent to which “disparate impact” should intrude itself into federal civil-rights policies—are hugely important issues.

In the News: Trump Considers Tax Credit to Channel Public Money to Private Schools

The Trump administration is considering a federal tax credit scholarship program to enable poor children to attend private schools, Politico reports.

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A Cage-Busting Curriculum for Teachers

How teachers can navigate bureaucracy and the shoals of policy in order to make schools and systems more supportive of their work.

Make It Local with In-House Researchers

We need to build a new cadre of researchers employed by school districts, state agencies, and local nonprofits.

Three Features We Hope to See in Future Education Research

If evidence is to drive impact, it must be part of a larger, clearly communicated vision of research integrated with practice.

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Don’t Forget Private, Non-Profit Colleges

The private, non-profit sector may be in a position to contribute even more to the nation’s educational attainment and economic mobility than it currently does.

Tweets as a Window Into Foundation Strategy

What do the grantees of major education reform foundations tweet about?

We Have to Say More About Teacher Evaluation Reforms Than Just “They Didn’t Work”

Rather than turning away from teacher evaluation reform, we should learn from the massive Obama-era effort: what worked and what didn’t work and why.

Making ESSA Work in the States

States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.

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