Now is the Time for State Policymakers to Embrace New Models of Learning

State education policy should enhance the connected life of the student, not restrict it.

Behind the Headline: Data Doesn’t Back Tossing ‘Bad Apple’ Students

A new report assembles evidence documenting the disparate impact of exclusionary disciplinary policies like suspension and expulsion on certain groups of students: minority students, students with disabilities, and gay and lesbian students.

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Behind the Headline: To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later so that teens can get more sleep has recently gained momentum, writes Jan Hoffman in the New York Times.

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Behind the Headline: Teach for America Tests Out More Training

Teach for America has announced that it will create a pilot program to offer recruits one year of education classes along with hands-on classroom training during their senior year of college, before they begin teaching.

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Do Public Pensions Provide Equal Pay for Equal Work?

Women are more likely to spend time out of the workforce than men, and defined-benefit pension plans tend to punish teachers who fail to meet specific targets, such as 30 years of service.

Kansas Courts Get It Right

Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.

Can Disruptive Innovation Transform South Korea’s Schools?

Can Korea maintain its educational edge if it does not change its public education system into a student-centered one that can personalize learning for each child’s different learning needs and be intrinsically motivating?

Chris Cerf: In Appreciation

Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education.

The De Blasio Paradox: Private Money and Public Schools

One could infer from Mayor de Blasio’s comments about charter schools that private money and public schooling should not mix. So why is the mayor’s chancellor of schools, Carmen Fariña, the board chair of the Fund for Public Schools?

Behind the Headline: Does Khan Academy Help Kids Learn Math?

SRI has published a detailed report on how schools are using Khan Academy videos for their math classes.

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Low-Income Parents Highly Satisfied with New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credits

Families participating in New Hampshire’s pioneering scholarship tax credit program report near-universal levels of satisfaction because it enables them to choose the best educational fit for their children.

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Education’s Endless, Erroneous Either-Ors

The K–12 education world brims with debates and dichotomies that get us into all manner of needless quarrels and cul-de-sacs, thus messing up every reform initiative and retarding progress.

The Invaluableness of ‘Obscure’ Words and the SAT

Ostensibly “obscure” words give us powers of description that can inform our surroundings, and they can bring clarity and insight to our understanding or the world.

Brother, Can You Spare a Scholarship?

Last week President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million charitable initiative called My Brother’s Keeper to help young African American men.

Why Do State and Local School Agencies Underinvest in Evidence?

State and local leaders bear a responsibility to study the consequences of their decisions. We will make much faster progress when they do.

Behind the Headline: SAT to Drop Essay Requirement and Return to Top Score of 1600

The College Board is overhauling the SAT in an effort to increase access to college for disadvantaged students.

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The Obama Administration’s 2015 K–12 Budget Request

The Obama administration has just released its 2015 budget proposal. Here are its most notable K-12 edu-features.

Behind the Headline: Cuomo Vows to Defend Charter Schools, Setting Up Another Battle With de Blasio

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a rally in Albany organized by charter school parents and students who are upset about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent moves against charters.

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Behind the Headline: New Orleans Goes All In on Charter Schools. Is It Showing the Way?

New Orleans has become a district-less school district where 9 in 10 students attend charter schools. Test scores and graduation rates are on the rise.

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How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Saint Martin de Porres

Cleveland’s Saint Martin de Porres High School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.

Can Pre-K Blaze the Way to Disruption?

Because half of 3 and 4 year olds are not enrolled in pre-K today, we have an opportunity to foster disruptive innovations that could change the way we think about childcare, parenting, and education.

Behind the Headline: School Closures And The “Snow Day Effect”

How much do snow days impact instruction and student achievement?

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Educating for Infancy

Schools, we are constantly told, are supposed to educate students for citizenship. Part of being an American citizen is learning to tolerate speech that you don’t like.

Behind the Headline: Major Charter School Chain To Lose Space Under New De Blasio Plan

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will not allow three charter schools that are part of Success Academy to use space in public school buildings in New York City, an arrangement which had been approved under the Bloomberg administration.

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Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers

Wherever one stands on the merits of the Common Core, one thing is certain: all of the political posturing and mudslinging distract attention and energy from the crucial work of implementation.

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