Americans Want Choice, Not Government Mandates

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.

Behind the Headline: De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced (under pressure from the state legislature) changes that will make it easier for special-needs students to attend private school at public expense when their parents believe that public schools are not meeting the needs of their children.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline and the Federal Government

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) jointly released a “Dear Colleague Letter” containing guidance for schools on avoiding discrimination against students on the basis of race when administering school disciplinary policies.

Behind the Headline: States’ Special Education Services Face Tighter Oversight by the Obama Administration

The U.S. Department of Education is changing the way it holds states accountable for the education of students with special needs to focus more on results and less on inputs.

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Behind the Headline: Principals Have More Authority Than They Think, New Study Says

A new study finds that many of the barriers that principals cite as impediments to change and innovation are not true impediments and could easily be circumvented.

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Digital Learning via Puzzles, Games, and Simulations

Most educational apps are nothing more than “chocolate-covered broccoli,” but there are some less structured (and more fun) ways for kids to learn.

Our Favorite Educational Apps

Great educational apps recommended by people who are tech experts, education policy wonks, parents, or all three.

Five Thoughts on Randi Weingarten’s AEI Remarks

Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.

The Future of the Common Core in Louisiana

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the state would pull out of both the PARCC testing consortium as well as the Common Core Standards Initiative.

Behind the Headline: Secretary Duncan to Keynote National PTA Convention

The PTA’s national convention is taking place in Austin this year, and on Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address.

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There Is No War on Teachers

Tenure laws that protect grossly ineffective teachers actually harm better teachers, who are unfairly tarnished by association with unquestionably bad teachers.

The Wise Wonks’ Hierarchy of Charter School Quality

In which states and cities are high-quality charter schools thriving, and what policies make the charter sectors in those states so strong?

GPAs, SATs, and TMI?

Our elite universities, should they wish, could end epic oversharing, help student writing, and improve college readiness in one fell swoop.

YES Prep Steps Up

Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates’ postsecondary performance and the strategies it’s using to improve that performance.

Behind the Headline: Alternative Certification Deemed Weak by NCTQ in New Teacher-Prep Report

The National Council on Teacher Quality has released its second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

State education leaders will have to decide if their states are ready to move forward with consequences based on Common Core assessments.

Teacher Autonomy and Blended Learning at USC Hybrid High School

A blended-learning high school experiments with new roles for teachers.

The Three-Sector Approach and Decision-Defending

Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?

New Deal for Teachers; New Will by Managers

Tenure is just one part of a dysfunctional approach to human resource management in U.S. schools that needs a complete overhaul.

More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone

Early, irreversible decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.

10 Things to Know about the Vergara Decision

Yesterday, a California superior court overturned five state laws related to the employment of teachers. Here’s what you need to know.

Behind the Headline: California Teacher Tenure and Seniority System is Struck Down

In California, a court struck down the state’s teacher tenure and seniority system.

Behind the Headline: Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

The Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would support a two-year moratorium on attaching any consequences, for teachers or for students, to scores on new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Life Is an Implementation Problem

What matters in education is what actually happens in 100,000 schools educating 50 million kids. That’s all implementation, and that means it matters a lot that some reforms are much more likely to suffer bumps, distortions, and problems than are others.

Are Maryland Teachers Leaving Because of the Common Core or New Teacher Evaluation Requirements? Probably Not.

There are a number of factors that may affect teacher retention in any given year. We should be wary about trying to pin down any one reason.

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