Three Principles to Embrace in 2017

Compassion, humility, and subsidiarity should guide school reform efforts.

In the News: Opportunity School District May Be Dead, but A-F Rating System Lives On

In Georgia, the Department of Education, the governor’s office, and the teachers union disagree about the best way to rate schools. A recent Education Next forum looked at how states should design their accountability systems.

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The Myth and Reality of Heroic Teaching

Machines can’t imitate acts of heroic teaching, but with the help of performance-augmenting technologies, teachers will have an unprecedented ability to impact their students’ lives for the better.

If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter ‘Public’ School It Would Be Shut Down

Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.

What Do School Choice Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

The conversation on parental satisfaction must also include those parents whose children participate in private school choice programs.

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Charge at U.S. Department of Ed

Donald Trump’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education should keep these in mind.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers Rarely Get Fired

The research on “what matters” when it comes to a child’s academic success has been clear for decades: more than anything else that a school can control, the classroom teacher matters most.

In the News: The Right Kind of School Choice for Trump to Promote

In the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt describes the kind of school choice program he thinks would show immediate dividends for poor kids.

Seven Reflections on School Reform in 2017

Here are a few musings as I survey the school reform landscape at the dawn of a new year.

The Top Ten 2016 RHSU Columns

It seems a propitious time to take a moment and reflect on the year gone by.

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Extracurricular Activities and the American Student

Many people think that students in the U.S. spend too much time on sports and other extracurricular activities, but there is actually some evidence that these activities are doing a lot of good.

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Education Reformers and the Company They Keep

These interviews will allow you to get to know some of the smart, knowledgeable, experienced, committed, caring, and thoughtful people working in this sector.

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Embracing Screen Time

Before you start to feel guilty about all the time your children are spending in front of screens this winter break, consider how much they might be learning from all the screen time.

Are School Field Trips Important?

Culturally enriching field trips produce significant benefits for students on a variety of outcomes that schools and communities care about.

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A School That Works for My Kid

The students and parents who tell their stories here describe the schooling arrangements that ultimately turned out to fit just right.

2016: The Year We Came Apart

Before we close the books on this vexed year, it’s important to pause and begin to understand how we got to this place, if only to help us truly leave it behind.

What’s Ahead for Catholic Schools?

Revival efforts are focusing on better curricula, leadership, management practices, and newfound transparency about educational outcomes.

100 Must-Read Articles on the Shape of 2016

Here are 100 of my favorite articles of 2016.Together I think they paint an arresting picture of an extraordinary year.

Can Charter Schools Serve Preschoolers?

What happens if we marry high-performing charter schools with high-quality pre-k?

The Innovation Infatuation

Every once in a while, American K–12 education is overwhelmed by the conviction that its basic design is obsolete and that it needs somehow to reinvent schooling.

A NYC Mom Asks, “Why Aren’t Un-Zoned Schools Held to the Same Standards as Charter Schools?”

When selective public schools attract high-performing students and involved parents, nobody complains.

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Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card

Towards a more productive way of measuring students’ “soft skills.”

AP Government is All Government and No Civics; All Federal and No Federalism

We need a rigorous curriculum to teach students the civics of the local and the experiential.

Authorizing Matters

Within the charter authorizing community there is robust debate about how to do what’s needed while promoting continued growth and protecting charter autonomy.

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