Race, Student Debt, and For-Profit Graduate Schools

Graduate school enrollment is exacerbating the black-white debt gap, but there is at best a weak case for calling out for-profit schools in that trend.

The 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric

Here are the details on how the Edu-Scholar rankings are calculated.

The Five-Tool Scholar

On Wednesday in this space, I’ll be publishing the 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Today, I want to take a few moments to explain the purpose of those rankings.

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In the News: Text Your Way to College

In the New York Times, David Kirp writes about efforts to raise college enrollment and graduation rates among students from poor families by texting the students regularly with helpful information and reminders.

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Civil Society and Job Training

Instead of trying to use public policy to develop training programs for the workforce of the future, let’s instead rest our hopes on a vast array of small-scale, nimble, local solutions crafted by civil-society actors.

Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017

We won’t make progress on education if we keep pushing our same old ideas. Let’s make 2017 the year for inventiveness, evidence, and humility.

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

In the News: New York City Confirms Plans to Close or Merge Nine Renewal Schools Next Year

In New York City, education officials announced that they will be closing 6 schools and merging three others after the schools, which were part of the Renewal program, failed to improve.

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The Pitfalls of Uniform, State-Run Public Education

A review of Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School by Ashley Rogers Berner

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

Students need to know that the economy constantly changes and that everyone, no matter how well educated, must be alert to trends in the demand for skills.

What Are the Options for States Dealing With Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

Collectively, states face $1.4 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, and $500 billion of that is due to teacher pension debt.

In the News: Confirmation Hearing For Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Delayed A Week

The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, has been delayed until January 17.

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Education Innovation in 2017: Four Personalized-Learning Trends to Watch

Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.

In the News: Educators Worry Schools Are Botching Student Discipline Reform

Emmanuel Felton of the Hechinger Report looks at complaints by teachers in four states that school discipline reforms are making their classrooms harder to manage. Researchers find that the evidence for critiques of exclusionary discipline and in support of alternative strategies is relatively thin.

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Big Bang for Just a Few Bucks: The Impact of Math Textbooks in California

Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.

In the News: The Fog of “College Readiness”

Most parents think their children are on track to be prepared for college after their 12th-grade year, but the truth is, a shockingly large share of graduating high-school seniors are not prepared to go to college.

Three Principles to Embrace in 2017

Compassion, humility, and subsidiarity should guide school reform efforts.

In the News: Opportunity School District May Be Dead, but A-F Rating System Lives On

In Georgia, the Department of Education, the governor’s office, and the teachers union disagree about the best way to rate schools. A recent Education Next forum looked at how states should design their accountability systems.

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The Myth and Reality of Heroic Teaching

Machines can’t imitate acts of heroic teaching, but with the help of performance-augmenting technologies, teachers will have an unprecedented ability to impact their students’ lives for the better.

If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter ‘Public’ School It Would Be Shut Down

Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.

What Do School Choice Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

The conversation on parental satisfaction must also include those parents whose children participate in private school choice programs.

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Charge at U.S. Department of Ed

Donald Trump’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education should keep these in mind.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers Rarely Get Fired

The research on “what matters” when it comes to a child’s academic success has been clear for decades: more than anything else that a school can control, the classroom teacher matters most.

In the News: The Right Kind of School Choice for Trump to Promote

In the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt describes the kind of school choice program he thinks would show immediate dividends for poor kids.

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