Behind the Headline: Harried Parents Embracing Uber To Move Kids Around Town

Affluent parents busy juggling work and family are increasingly turning to Uber and other app-based car services to take their kids to and from school and afterschool activities.

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How to End the Education Reform Wars

Advice for superintendents on how to survive the education reform wars

Are School Choice Technocrats Needed?

School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.

Behind the Headline: Civil Rights Fight Looms on Charter Schools Cap

In Boston, three prominent lawyers are filing a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on charter schools. Efforts by charter school advocates to raise the cap have been defeated by state lawmakers.

Waffles & Testing – A Dad’s Recipe

We are moving kids beyond just giving answers to explaining answers. That certainly won’t be an easy transition, but it most assuredly is a necessary one.

Behind the Headline: The Terrible Loneliness of Growing Up Poor in Robert Putnam’s America

In a long article in Sunday’s Washington Post, Emily Badger writes about Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

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New Hampshire Testing Pilot Breaks the Federal Accountability Mold

Last week the U.S. Department of Education made a groundbreaking decision to allow four school systems in New Hampshire to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.

Frustrated With the Pace of Progress in Education? Invest in Better Evidence

The primary obstacle to faster progress in U.S. education reform is the infrastructure we never built for identifying what works.

School Choice Technocrats Wanted

As the traditional urban school district is slowly replaced by a system marked by an array of nongovernmental school providers, new policies (undergirded by a new understanding of the government’s role in public schooling) are needed.

No Time to Lose on Early Reading

I share critics concerns that early childhood learning is leading schools to take all the joy out of kindergarten, but I see no reason to blame Common Core for that.

Behind the Headline: Study: Teach For America’s Scale-Up Didn’t Harm Quality

An experimental study conducted by Mathematica has determined that new teachers who joined Teach for America during a period earlier this decade when the organization was rapidly expanding performed at a level similar to that of the teachers already working in the schools where they were assigned.

Creating A Sea Change To Improve Teacher Impact

We can provide more students with the teachers they need by leveraging online learning.

Racial Controversies Are As Misleading Today As They Were When The Moynihan Report Was Written

In its Spring issue, Education Next takes note of the 50th anniversary of a 1965 publication issued by the U. S. Department of Labor entitled “The Negro Family.”

Behind the Headline: D.C. Voucher Program at Center of Fiscal Fight (Again)

This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

It’s Not Looking Good for ESEA Reauthorization

It’s looking increasingly like Secretary Duncan is going get to keep on enjoying his waivers through January 2017.

Behind the Headline: How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

The New York Times’ Room for Debate page focuses on teacher quality this week.

Behind the Headline: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Eric Westervelt of nprED looks into why enrollment in teacher training programs seems to be dropping in many states.

Marriage as a Springboard to the Middle Class

Our focus on college is too narrow because it overlooks other critically important steps on the ladder to the middle class.

Nathan Glazer on Revisiting the Moynihan Report

Fifty years ago the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report that identified a surprising rate of growth in the percentage of African American children born into single-parent families.

America’s Millennials: Overeducated and Unprepared

More time in school is not producing Americans with more or better skills.

Don’t Capitulate To The Credit Hour, Recreate It

A report from the Carnegie Foundation examines the history of the century-old Carnegie Unit and its impact on education reform in K–12 and higher education.

Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

The advent of the Common Core standards can and should boost the learning of America’s ablest young learners, not serve as a rationale for denying them opportunities to fulfill their potential.

The State-Led ESEA Compromise

A compromise around the idea of accountability for results would require the right to agree to include explicit performance targets and the left to agree to give states greater flexibility in tackling challenges.

Memo to Teachers’ Unions: Now Might Be a Good Time to Start Panicking

In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests.

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