Empirical Proof on the Politics of Pensions

Pension benefit increases have been a painless way for politicians from both parties to provide something tangible to powerful interest groups without having to pay the costs immediately.

Behind the Headline: EdX Enters K-12 Arena with High School Level MOOCs

In its first venture into the world of K-12 education, EdX announced that it will release 26 free online courses covering AP and high school level material.

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The First Hard Evidence on Virtual Education

Florida high school students taking Algebra or English I online perform at least as well on state math and reading tests as do students taking the same courses in a traditional format.

Common Core and the Era of Good Behavior

The moderating of the debate over the Common Core seems to be mirroring the field’s increased focus on implementation.

A Quick Note to Dana Goldstein About Pensions

No one is seriously advocating for reducing the pensions of any individual teachers or retirees.

The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

The trickle downward of university curricular mischief into our schools and other institutions continues unabated, and it’s not a problem that the College Board alone can solve.

Smart Markets, Diverse Options, and Burke’s Caution

Mike McShane’s new book Education and Opportunity offers a sophisticated view of public school markets, how to understand them, use their strength, and appreciate their limitations.

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The Problems and Promise of Common Core

In a video roundtable, HGSE experts explore the challenges of implementing America’s new standards.

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What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.

Barbara Dreyer: A Champ to the End

Barbara helped create the K–12 online-learning movement, a powerful disruptive force that has the potential to create a more personalized and equitable education system that is student-centered so that all students can succeed.

How Self-Driving Cars Will Enable Greater School Choice

Transportation is a significant roadblock to exercising educational choice, but a new technology promises to greatly expand the number of schools that are logistically feasible for students to attend.

Connecting the Dots: E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and Common Core

On Politico’s list of fifty “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter,” sharing the number eight spot are E.D. Hirsch and David Coleman, the principal author of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

Diagnosing the Right Pension Problems

When the public is led to believe financial issues are the only problems with today’s pension plans, financial issues will be the only problems legislators seek to address.

How the Common Core Suppresses Competitive Federalism

Nationalizing standards and tests would eliminate them as differentiated school-reform instruments that could be used by states in competition over educational attainment.

Restarting the Common Core Debate

A raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, a debate been marked by acrimony rather than analysis, but there is hope that both sides want a reset.

The Inconsistent Implementation of Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Contrary to claims that teacher evaluation reforms are leading to strict, one-size-fits-all policies, data suggests that local districts are implementing state-based teacher evaluation reforms inconsistently.

Behind the Headline: Education Department Proposes Big Changes to School Improvement Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Education will release new guidance this morning for struggling schools that receive federal funds under the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program.

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Ferguson, Reparations, and Institutional Roots

The most convincing argument against conservatism is that by defending longstanding institutions it ends up protecting longstanding injustices.

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Three Insights on “Self-Directed Learning”—and How to Aim for Equity

The real innovation behind Summit Public Schools’ work is that it appears its teachers and leaders are beginning to identify, in this new context, what role to play when and for which students.

We’ll Miss You, Graham Down

Graham was as close to a Renaissance man as we have known in person.

Making Sense of the Ed-Reform Backlash

Our challenge as reformers is, first and foremost, stopping the one-size-fits-all policies, the top-down mandates that apply to all schools, in all situations

10 School Reform Phrases That Should Trigger Your BS Detector

Left unchallenged, pat phrases allow wishful thinking to stand in for messy realities.

The Fall 2014 Issue of Education Next Is Here

The Fall 2014 issue of Education Next is now available online.

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Choice and a Liberal Education

I’m interested in the arts and humanities because I’m interested in education including some understanding of the human condition. But I’m also interested in choice because that’s how I believe the humanities are most likely to be pursued and effectively promoted.

Remembering Graham Down

We are saddened to note that A. Graham Down passed away last weekend in Washington, D.C.

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