Behind the Headline: New Basis School Arrives in Brooklyn, Loudly

A new private school, Basis Independent Brooklyn, will open this fall as a for-profit spinoff the BASIS charter school network.

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“Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material”

Is exactly what we should be telling a lot of high school students.

The Fact Checker Valerie Strauss Might Have Used on School Choice

This attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship shows a remarkable indifference to basic facts.

WaPo Blogger Wrong About School Choice… Again

Still more things wrong with the latest attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

Five Takeaways from Race to the Top Year-Three Reports

Today, the U.S Department of Education released Year-Three reports on the 12 states that won funding via Race to the Top’s first two competitions.

Common Core Implementation

Common Core implementation will forge ahead for the foreseeable future; but the degree to which we can overcome major obstacles like those raised by McShane and Rothman will determine the quality of the mark that is left on today’s schools, teachers, and students.

Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.

IES on SIG: Troubling Foreshadowing

We probably spent billions of dollars to get the same outcomes as if this program had never existed. And yet, these dollars continue to flow.

Common Core ‘Spring Training’: Maintain Realistic Expectations

The Common Core is still in the very earliest phases of implementation. It isn’t yet time to pay much attention to the score; instead, we ought to work out the kinks and improve the fundamentals.

Top Recent Edu-Reads

Teacher pensions, school productivity, virtual school accountability, and more

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Behind the Headline: Latest CREDO Study Identifies Strengths in Los Angeles Charter Schools

A new study finds that has found that students attending charter schools in Los Angeles are making greater academic progress than students in nearby traditional public schools.

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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.

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