Teach for America Recognizes Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Teach for America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. An increasing number of alumni are staying in the classroom, and the organization has adopted new policies to recognize this.

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How Should We Spend $4 Billion on Computer Science Education?

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide.

Can We Predict Who Will Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Allison Atteberry

How much do we know about a teacher before they enter the classroom? What about after they’ve been teaching a few years? Is any of this information strong enough to act on?

Great Ideas For Designing Accountability Systems for Schools

More than two dozen teams have submitted proposals that are chock-full of suggestions for designing better state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In Search of On-ramps to Competency-based Learning

Many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner are thwarted by time-based metrics in school districts, but here are some areas where innovations may be able to take root

Arete: Leveraging the Excitement of Competition to Inspire Academic Excellence

A web application hosts live, online academic competitions among students.

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Retreating to an Education System Without School Choice is Not an Option

Many of today’s most difficult education debates are the result of our transition from a highly legible, single-provider model to a decentralized, choice-based model.

Would Making College Free Boost Completion Rates?

Free tuition would be a needless windfall for affluent voters and state institutions that does very little to help the needy.

Ten Things Every American Should Know

An intriguing effort to crowd-source a 2016 version of E.D. Hirsch’s famous list of things you need to know to be culturally literate.

Bullish on Blended-Learning Clusters

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies

The Bush Education Plan

Bush’s plan deserves at least two and a half cheers—which is a cheer or two more than any other GOP candidate has warranted on this issue.

The Case for Maximum State Flexibility on ESSA Accountability

Officials at the Department of Education have requested public comments by January 21 about areas in the new Every Student Succeeds Act where regulation might be “helpful or necessary.” My recommendation to the feds: Tread very lightly.

The 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

This list recognizes university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice.

On Regulating School Choice: A Response to Critics

Refusing to acknowledge that regulations can have real costs or that Louisiana’s voucher program has failed to deliver on its promises does nothing to serve the interests of disadvantaged children.

America’s Most Disadvantaged Students Need Real Accountability, Not Ideology

As the head of the regulatory agency for traditional public, charter public, and non-public schools in Louisiana, I think it’s important to discuss the facts behind a recent study on Louisiana’s private school voucher program.

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Teachers More Likely to Use Private Schools for their Own Kids

These teachers, moreover, support similar choices for other parents and oppose agency fees currently imposed on many.

The First Negative Effects of Vouchers and the Predictable Misinterpretation

Why are the effects so negative when prior studies have found either no effect or positive effects? Good question. Unfortunately, we know much less about reasons than some have suggested.

The Five Themes of ESSA Coverage

I re-read about fifty major articles, blog posts, and other missives about ESSA over the break, since this written record will serve as the foundation for years of commentary and analysis.

The Miseducation of Donald Trump Voters

As a new sobriety over the issues animating Trump supporters settles in, I’m hoping for a parallel rethinking among education reformers.

My Favorite Writing of 2015

As 2015 was coming to a close, I compiled a list of my fifty favorite reads of the year.

Reason for Despair, Reason for Hope

For the first time in the past half century there appears to be a strong possibility that we will serve all of our students and that we will restore the strength of the U.S. workforce.

The Folly of Overregulating School Choice

A new study of the impact of Louisiana’s voucher program found a negative result. Although not conclusive, there is considerable evidence that the problem stemmed from poor program design.

James S. Coleman: Education’s North Star

For half a century, Coleman’s work has altered the shape of education research, school politics, and school policy.

A Different Kind of Lesson from Finland

Finland has been lauded for years as this planet’s grand K-12 education success story, but since 2009, it’s scores and rankings have slipped.

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