What the Republican Presidential Contenders Should Be Saying About Education

On Wednesday, Campbell Brown and the American Federation for Children will host an education policy summit in New Hampshire with at least six of the GOP presidential contenders. Here’s what I hope they will say.

2015 EdNext Poll Finds High Levels of Support for Testing and Little Sympathy for the Opt-Out Movement

Today Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard Kennedy School released the ninth annual Education Next public opinion poll on education policies.

Behind the Headline: A Wink, a Nod and a Diploma?

In U.S. News, Robert Pondiscio worries that some credit recovery programs are a mere fig leaf covering up academic failure and inflating graduation rates.

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Unions Love Social Security. They Just Don’t Want it for All Their Workers

Over 6 million public sector workers are not covered by Social Security, including about 1.2 million public school teachers.

What Should States Do About School Districts In Financial Trouble?

Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Grade Their Own Students

We put teachers in a tough spot, asking them to motivate their students to excel at learning and also asking them to give their students grades.

Behind the Headline: 20% of New York State Students Opted Out of Standardized Tests This Year

New York state education officials said Wednesday that more than 200,000 students declined to take the state’s standardized tests this year, which represents 20 percent of those students eligible to be tested.

Why the New ESEA Won’t Embrace “Tight As To Results, Loose On How To Achieve Them”

If the ESEA renewal processes gets across the finish line, the federal government will have much less power than it does today.

Behind the Headline: Crowded Field of Online News Sites Focuses on Education Issues

“The past two years or so have seen a boom in online news outlets covering education. New local and national sites are focusing exclusively on the subject; general-interest sites have education beat reporters or otherwise include K-12 issues in their mix.” So notes Mark Walsh of Ed Week, who goes on to describe the numerous new websites providing education news.

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What Education Activist Campbell Brown Should Ask the 2016 GOP Hopefuls

Next week’s Education Summit in New Hampshire will give voters a chance to learn about the Republican candidates’ views on education.

Julie Young Returns To Online Learning

Julie Young’s new venture offers international students the opportunity to earn a dual diploma from their native country and from a U.S. accredited high school through virtual learning.

Behind the Headline: Charlotte, N.C. Gave Principals Power Over Teacher Layoffs. What Happened?

A new study looks at which teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina were laid off when principals had to reduce their teaching staffs due to budget shortfalls.

What I Learned From Today’s Young Education Innovators

Earlier this year, Forbes released a celebration of edu-wunderkinds, its “30 under 30” in education.

Behind the Headline: Judge Rules New York Teacher Exam Did Not Discriminate Against Minorities

A federal judge has ruled that, even though a greater proportion of minority teachers than of white teachers have failed a new licensing exam in New York, the test can still be used because it does measure skills crucial to teaching.

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Teacher Shortage? Blame the Economy

A new study finds that when recessions hit, both men and women are less likely to want to become teachers and instead turn to fields like accounting and engineering.

Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP’s new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.

Behind the Headline: Anxiety, Frustration and Incredulity Follow Suggestion of School Sports Cuts

A task force in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the nation’s largest school districts, has estimated that the district could save nearly $24 million by eliminating sports and cutting other extracurricular activities.

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Behind the Headline: CDC: Too Many Schools Start Class Too Early, A Problem For Student Health

A report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that five out of every six middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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Call for Papers: Harvard Conference on The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective

On May 5-6, 2016, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich will jointly host a workshop at Harvard on “The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective.”

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The Myth of Today’s Exhausted, Overscheduled Superkids

If American childhood has become a hothouse of overscheduling and stress, it’s not showing up in the data.

A Pause in the History Wars

The College Board deserves a cheer for trying to stabilize the vessel known as Advanced Placement U.S. History

The Resurgence of Urban Catholic Education?

Religious and lay leaders are creating new schools, networks and governance models.

Behind the Headline: Billions of Dollars in Annual Teacher Training is Largely a Waste

A new study by TNTP finds no evidence that any kind of teacher professional development consistently helps teachers improve in the classroom.

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New Orleans Reforms Boost School Performance

Are New Orleans’ schools living up to the expectation that once schools are freed from district and union contract rules and allowed to innovate, schools will work better and students will learn more?

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Behind the Headline: It’s Time to Reconsider the Parent Trigger

The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times writes that it’s time for changes to be made to California’s parent trigger law.

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