We need to build a new cadre of researchers employed by school districts, state agencies, and local nonprofits.
If evidence is to drive impact, it must be part of a larger, clearly communicated vision of research integrated with practice.
Rather than turning away from teacher evaluation reform, we should learn from the massive Obama-era effort: what worked and what didn’t work and why.
States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.
Is integration the only solution?
Substitute teachers are almost always put in sink-or-swim situations. Parachute Teachers is trying to change the way substitutes work.
Letting great educators open up schools is much more cost effective than increasing spending by billions of dollars, which will yield very modest results.
Education scholarship marginalizes itself when it seems to treat the more conservative half of the nation with casual contempt.
As states take over responsibility for addressing their low-performing schools, they can draw lessons from some SIG successes.
Direct Student Services gives states new leeway to use some of their federal Title I dollars to expand instructional choice for students.
The NAACP has been conducting a series of hearings on the topic of whether charter schools are good for children of color.
School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.
With Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, Parents and Teachers Can Focus on Changing Policies Closer to Home
During her confirmation process, DeVos promised time and again to shrink Uncle Sam’s impact on the nation’s schools.
We should get accustomed to the idea of intense debates over future secretaries for as long as the US Department of Education wields such significant authority.
What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.
Ross Douthat wonders why the Democrats fought so hard against the nomination of Betsy DeVos
Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects
The hard-and-fast lines we have drawn between “public” and “private” are a lot blurrier and a lot less useful than we pretend.
By shining a spotlight on states with particularly low student performance, the department can bring attention to the struggles facing public education in these states.
Belichick is doing the hard, unpleasant work of addressing ineptitude and setting a high bar for performance.
Some schools provide non-traditional instruction using technology on snow days to keep teens on track and prevent the schools from having to make up the missed school days.