Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

What does it take for charters to achieve success with kids who have disabilities? Something not so different from what works with low-income kids.

Indiana and the Common Core

Could more states join Indiana in dropping the standards?

Beating the Odds: Some School Boards Can Do It

A new study uses survey data from 900 school board members in 419 school districts.

Focus on the Opportunities Ed Tech Brings, Not the Hype

When we talk educational technology, there’s far too much excited talk about big purchases of tablets or assessment systems and far too little about just what educators and students are supposed to actually do with these.

Behind the Headline: Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”

School Reform and Vocational School Reform in Korea

Meister High Schools are converted vocational schools that partner with companies in specific industries to create educational experiences tailored to the needs of the workforce.

Behind the Headline: More Americans Moving to Cities, Reversing the Suburban Exodus

According to new data from the Census Bureau, the American city is experiencing something of a renaissance, as more Americans, especially young professionals and Baby Boomers, move to the centers of the nation’s metropolitan areas.

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Homework Horror Stories

Recent stories in the popular press have featured children burdened with an enormous amount of homework, three hours or more per night. Are these students’ experiences typical or rare?

Cutting the Tie Between Education and Housing

Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.

Behind the Headline: Can The Success Of D.C.’s Best Middle Schools Be Replicated?

How to raise the quality of middle schools in the district’s public schools has been a point of debate for candidates in Washington, D.C.’s mayoral race.

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Behind the Headline: Mass. Charter School Bill Stalls In Legislature

A bill that would raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other urban districts has failed to advance in the Massachusetts legislature.

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Politico’s Voucher Story Is Bogus

This morning, Politico published an attention-grabbing story about how some private schools that teach creationism receive public funding through tuition tax credits and school vouchers.

Behind the Headline: A Good Turnaround Principal is Hard to Find, Urban Leaders Say

Leaders of urban school districts are telling the Obama administration that efforts to turn around low-performing schools via the $5.5 billion School Improvement Grant (SIG) program are unlikely to have much impact.

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Common Core and the Midterms

It won’t be a huge issue in the fall, but it will have repercussions thereafter.

Behind the Headline: New Basis School Arrives in Brooklyn, Loudly

A new private school, Basis Independent Brooklyn, will open this fall as a for-profit spinoff the BASIS charter school network.

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“Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material”

Is exactly what we should be telling a lot of high school students.

The Fact Checker Valerie Strauss Might Have Used on School Choice

This attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship shows a remarkable indifference to basic facts.

WaPo Blogger Wrong About School Choice… Again

Still more things wrong with the latest attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

Five Takeaways from Race to the Top Year-Three Reports

Today, the U.S Department of Education released Year-Three reports on the 12 states that won funding via Race to the Top’s first two competitions.

Common Core Implementation

Common Core implementation will forge ahead for the foreseeable future; but the degree to which we can overcome major obstacles like those raised by McShane and Rothman will determine the quality of the mark that is left on today’s schools, teachers, and students.

Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.

IES on SIG: Troubling Foreshadowing

We probably spent billions of dollars to get the same outcomes as if this program had never existed. And yet, these dollars continue to flow.

Common Core ‘Spring Training’: Maintain Realistic Expectations

The Common Core is still in the very earliest phases of implementation. It isn’t yet time to pay much attention to the score; instead, we ought to work out the kinks and improve the fundamentals.

Top Recent Edu-Reads

Teacher pensions, school productivity, virtual school accountability, and more

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Behind the Headline: Latest CREDO Study Identifies Strengths in Los Angeles Charter Schools

A new study finds that has found that students attending charter schools in Los Angeles are making greater academic progress than students in nearby traditional public schools.

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