Dayton’s Immaculate Conception School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.
The majority of teachers in these cities do not remain in the same district long enough to qualify for even a minimal pension, and only a very tiny fraction of teachers stay long enough to receive a pension that would be sufficient for a stable retirement.
Chris Cerf will step down from his position as New Jersey education commissioner to work for Amplify, an education technology firm run by Joel Klein (his former boss).
In New Jersey, the editorial board of the Star-Ledger mounts a strong defense of Cami Anderson, the Newark superintendent.
Those who follow New York City schools have been witnessing a time-honored ritual — pro-testing school reformers have mightily overreached, inviting pushback that’s now poised to dismantle much of their useful handiwork.
If you want to understand why supporters of the Common Core are frustrated—OK, exasperated—by some of our opponents’ seemingly unlimited willingness to engage in dishonest debate, consider this latest episode.
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Julie Young, who launched Florida Virtual School 17 years ago as the first statewide online school in the country, has announced her retirement.
In response to some recent articles about the growing divide between public schools attended by rich kids and schools attended by poor kids, Jon Chait points out a strange twist in the debate over public education.
The proportion of children from low-income families who obtain a college degree is low — around 9 percent — compared with 50 percent of children from affluent families, notes Peg Tyre in the New York Times.
As an advocate for struggling learners, I support the Common Core. Why? For these students, there’s nothing more effective than high expectations and accountability. The Common Core is tough love.
How can the government best incentivize and speed up the creation of “high impact” learning technologies?
Critics often accuse school reformers of “privatizing” public education. When for-profits enter the conversation, those same critics level more serious charges and often accuse those companies of having one motive: making money off of the backs of kids.
BASIS schools are open-admission charter schools that are among the top-performing schools in the country. Their founders have announced that they will create a separate network of private schools based on the same model.
Will states and cities facing skyrocketing costs find a way to protect the retirement benefits that people have already earned while making changes to the way benefits are earned in the future?
Private schools that accept voucher students struggle to make ends meet, but are strikingly mission focused, often with a crusader’s zeal to educate every child that comes through their door, bearing a voucher or not.
This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews writes about popular misconceptions about KIPP schools.
A popular program for gifted students at an elementary school in Brooklyn is being shut down and in the future “classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community,” according to the principal of the school, P.S. 139.
How can we capture the benefits of course choice while also protecting students from poor-quality course choice providers?
The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the Public Charter Schools Program that will allow charters to use “weighted lotteries” without forfeiting their chance to receive federal start-up funds.
Behind the Headline: Children Learn Much from Field Trips That They Can’t Get from Lectures or Textbooks
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews laments the fact that the field trip, once woven into the American school experience, is in decline.
Most consequential decisions are made by district and state leaders, yet these leaders lack the infrastructure to learn quickly what’s working and what’s not.
Better policy alone won’t expand the public-school options available to rural kids. Charter advocates need to better understand rural communities—their strengths, challenges, hopes, and fears.
If DCPS wants to have diverse schools among its ranks, it’s going to need some help from public policy. Controlled choice is one way.