In the News: If Your Teacher Looks Like You, You May Do Better In School

Carl Boisrond of NPR describes the findings of a new study that looks more closely at the impact on students of having a teacher of the same race.

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Thinking “Beyond the Box”: The Use of Criminal Records in College Admissions

The overlap in the population between those applying to college and those with a criminal record is bigger than many realize,

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s Innovation Engine

The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General released a faulty audit of a highly innovative model that complies with both the spirit and letter of the law.

In the News: Supreme Court Poised to Deal a Sharp Blow to Unions for Teachers and Public Employees

The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a case involving the agency fees that teachers and other public employees are required to pay to unions even if they choose not to join the unions.

Five Thoughts on Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade

Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Here’s what we think our new study means—and doesn’t mean—for both state-led and federal efforts to expand school choice.

In the News: Denver’s Ambitious Home Visit Program Works to Build Bridges Between Parents and Teachers

In Denver, teachers from the Denver Public Schools have visited hundreds of students and their families at home in the weeks since school started.

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Teachers Unions Blow an Easy Chance to Walk the Walk

Why are the unions not more concerned about a new study finding that 28% of district teachers miss more than ten days of school for personal and sick leave?

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

Race, Poverty, and Interpreting Overrepresentation in Special Education

Research shows that racial and ethnic minority students are less likely to be identified for special education than white students when you take other student characteristics into account.

Public Schools’ Billion-Hour Teacher Absenteeism Problem

28.3 percent of teachers in traditional public schools miss eleven or more days of school for illness or personal reasons.

When College Students Don’t Understand the Concept of Free Speech

More than half of current U.S. college students think it’s OK to shout down a speaker who says offensive things.

What We’ve Forgotten About School Reform: Courtesy of Messrs. Tyack, Cuban, and Payne

There’s a lot of wisdom in Tinkering Toward Utopia and So Much Reform, So Little Change.

In the News: Innovation Schools Saw Some of the Largest Gains on ISTEP in Indianapolis Public Schools

In Indianapolis, many of the schools that saw the biggest gains in passing rates on state tests were innovation schools, which have been given full autonomy.

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The Charter Movement’s ‘Tipping Point’ Strategy Isn’t Working. What Now?

Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.

In the News: Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.

In the News: After More Than 20 Years, Newark to Regain Control of Its Schools

In 1995, the state of New Jersey took control of the public schools in Newark.

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District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – and That’s Ok

Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.

Betsy DeVos to Speak at School Choice Conference at Harvard

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will deliver the keynote address at “The Future of School Choice” on September 28, 2017

Researching the Ambiguities of School Accreditation

Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?

Straight Up Conversation: Teach to One CEO Joel Rose

An interview with Joel Rose, co-founder and CEO of Teach to One, a venture that helps schools redesign classrooms and curricula to customize teaching and learning.

Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Like mud bricks made without straw, Maryland’s accountability plan is sure to crumble.

Summer Learning Loss: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It?

Many students start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.

In the News: U-Va. Chooses Law School Alumnus, Harvard Dean As Its Next President

Jim Ryan, currently dean of the Harvard Graduate School of education and a scholar of law and education, will be U.Va.’s next president.

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The Problem with Those Who Cried “Wolf!” on Trump’s Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump’s budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

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