Talking To, Not Past, One Another About Race, Schooling, and Reform

As education has gotten ensnared in national politics, it’s become all too easy for those passionate about educational improvement to lose sight of what unites them. What can we do about that?

American Teachers Unions Oppose Innovative Schools—in Africa

Bridge Academies show promising results in Kenya and Uganda, but unions see them only as a threat.

Will Trump’s Deregulation Help Teacher Preparation?

Will overturning the Obama administration’s teacher preparation regulations lead to progress or stagnation in teacher quality?

With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.

A Counterintuitive Approach to Improving Math Education: Focus on English Language Arts Teaching

The benefits of good English teachers are seen in students’ achievement in future years, not only in English, but in other subjects as well.

What Happened to School Reform in New York City?

Is there any place in the nation where education reform has left the rails as quickly and completely as New York?

How Not to Argue for School Choice

The enthusiasm of some school choice advocates is leading them to make their case in ways that are tone-deaf or counterproductive.

Curriculum Becomes a Reform Strategy

It’s too soon to declare that curriculum has made its way solidly into the ed-reform arsenal, but the evidence is mounting that it’s entering.

What’s Next for Newark?

After more than two decades of state supervision, Newark’s public schools are slated to return to local control.

Make Teaching More Doable

Many teachers find themselves on a pathway to burnout, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

In the News: A Look at Some States That Have Turned in Their ESSA Plans

This past Monday was the early deadline for states to submit their Every Student Succeeds Act plans to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for approval.

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School Choice, Bureaucracy, and American Airlines

We all want schools to be filled with professionals who exhibit a passion for doing their job well.

What Do International Students Think of American Schools?

A survey of kids from abroad who have attended U.S. high schools about what they think about U.S. education and their American peers.

In the News: Lawyer who highlighted Hillary Clinton’s role in defending rape suspect tapped for key federal civil rights post

Emma Brown of the Washington Post reports that Candice E. Jackson will serve as acting assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education.

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Who Could Benefit From School Choice? Mapping Access to Public and Private Schools

The distance families are able and willing to travel may be more important for expanding school choice than the type of school the policy provides access to.

Finding the Right Fit for Charters and Special-Needs Students

Accusations that charters don’t want to deal with special-ed costs and challenges are getting us — and our children — nowhere.

Colorado’s Plan for Rating Schools Gets the Fundamentals Right

For starters, Colorado uses a bona fide growth model to gauge the progress a school is making with students.

In the News: Betsy DeVos Calls for More School Choice, Saying Money Isn’t the Answer

Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at the Brookings Institution at an event marking the release of a report that ranks school districts based on how much school choice they offer families.

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In the News: Open Educational Resources Movement Scales Up

The use of open educational resources is expanding in several ways to cover core academic content.

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In the News: Nevada’s Governor Rushes to Save Education Savings Accounts. But Will Program Survive Legislature’s Democrats?

Efforts to advance a bill that would fix the funding mechanism for Nevada’s Education Savings Account program are not being warmly received by Democrats in the state Senate.

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Why a Trump School Choice Initiative is Unlikely to Succeed

Creating and sustaining a massive new federally-fueled voucher program will take more than a miracle. It will take three miracles.

In the News: To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week

State testing begins in New York this week and observers are watching to see whether “opting out” will increase, decrease, or remain the same.

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Racial Disparities in School Suspensions

Future efforts at discipline reform must reflect fundamental fairness while also ensuring orderly schools and welcoming learning environments.

In the News: How Are Teachers Using EngageNY’s Reading and Math Materials?

A new study by Rand looks at how teachers are using a popular set of free online curriculum materials produced by New York.

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The Evolution of the Charter School Market and the Next Generation of Charter School Research

A number of new research studies are beginning to investigate some more nuanced questions with regard to charters.

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