Good Government Is Not Good Enough When Managing Choice in the Real World

Making school choice work requires engaged and mobilized families who can help address the human side of choice and competition in schools.

In the News: Rethinking the Parent-Teacher Conference

In hundreds of schools, educators seek to build stronger relationships with parents and equip families with tools to reinforce classroom concepts at home.

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Is the Trump Education Department Really “Rolling Back” Civil Rights?

Looking behind the hype on sexual assault enforcement

Success Academy Shares Its Curriculum and Blueprints

The centerpiece of Success Academy’s online offering is its K–4 English language arts curriculum.

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing New Mexico State Chief Hanna Skandera

This week, Hanna Skandera wrapped up her final day after nearly seven years in office. She was one of the nation’s longest-serving state chiefs,

In the News: Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. Now, 100 Years Later, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model

Wildlflower Montessori, a micro-school in Cambridge, Mass. with 15 students, two teachers, and no principal, is one of 11 Wildflower schools in a loose network.

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Betsy DeVos’s Team Stumbles on ESSA

After the Secretary promised to provide states wide latitude in implementing ESSA, the DeVos team seems to be misreading the law, the substantive issues, and the politics.

How Progressive is School Funding in the United States?

The fact that overall funding progressivity remains low despite two decades of reforms suggests a troubling lack of progress on equitable funding of public schools.

Reading and Math Scores: ‘Handle with Care’

Just how much do gains on reading and math gains on state tests tell us about school quality?

An Interview with Caprice Young, Charter School Hall of Fame Inductee

The former founder and CEO of the California Charter School Association, as well as former board president of the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Caprice Young now leads the Magnolia Public Schools.

In the News: Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Richard Reeves gives an overview of the argument of his new book on the American upper middle class and how its members understand their own position.

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In a Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

Chartering has been used to allow communities to innovate in ways that traditional district schools cannot.

In the News: No More Art, Music and Gym Tests Just to Grade Teachers?

In Ohio, the state superintendent has proposed that the state stop administering standardized tests in subjects like art, music, and gym.

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Can Research Help Us Design Better Education Policies?

On Thursday morning, the Fordham Institute and the Knowledge Alliance are bringing together policy wonks and academics to discuss whether and how we can build better bridges across the research-to-policy divide.

Technology Doesn’t Drive Blended Learning Success … or Does It?

When I observed classrooms and interviewed teachers and administrators, the thing that stood out was high-quality teaching practices, inspired and supported by effective school leadership.

Portents of Success

I wouldn’t have expected it, but events of the last 24 hours have got me in a surprisingly chipper mood.

In the News: Ending the Curse of Remedial Math

David Kirp looks at how CUNY is enrolling students in an intensive, counseling-heavy program that helps them quickly get on track to their degrees instead of getting bogged down in remedial courses.

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In the News: Success Academy Wins 2017 Broad Prize

The prize goes to a charter network that demonstrates outstanding academic outcomes among low-income students and students of color.

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What’s at Stake for Schools in the Health Care Bill?

Medicaid insulates disadvantaged children from some of the adverse experiences that keep them from succeeding in school.

Promises and Pitfalls of Online Education

Online courses for college students can improve access, yet they also are challenging, especially for the least well-prepared students.

How Suburban Districts Could Help More Needy Kids

Interdistrict open enrollment can help many kids, but in Ohio, some public school districts remain less than “open to all.”

From Dream to Reality: The Entire Class at this Brooklyn Charter School Is Going to College

High schools are increasingly holding end-of-year college signing ceremonies, which borrow heavily from more traditional NCAA signing events, when student-athletes announce their Division 1 college choice.

Agency Fees Could Be Back on Death Row

If the four Supreme Court justices who sided with Friedrichs vote to hear Mark Janus’s case, and if Neil Gorsuch votes according to expectations, agency fees could be dead by the end of the court’s next term.

Picturing Trump as the School Choice Guy

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect that Trump’s energetic support is one of the worst things that could happen to school choice

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