The Five-Tool Scholar

On Wednesday in this space, I’ll be publishing the 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Today, I want to take a few moments to explain the purpose of those rankings.

Civil Society and Job Training

Instead of trying to use public policy to develop training programs for the workforce of the future, let’s instead rest our hopes on a vast array of small-scale, nimble, local solutions crafted by civil-society actors.

Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017

We won’t make progress on education if we keep pushing our same old ideas. Let’s make 2017 the year for inventiveness, evidence, and humility.

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

The Pitfalls of Uniform, State-Run Public Education

A review of Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School by Ashley Rogers Berner

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

Students need to know that the economy constantly changes and that everyone, no matter how well educated, must be alert to trends in the demand for skills.

What Are the Options for States Dealing With Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

Collectively, states face $1.4 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, and $500 billion of that is due to teacher pension debt.

Education Innovation in 2017: Four Personalized-Learning Trends to Watch

Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.

Big Bang for Just a Few Bucks: The Impact of Math Textbooks in California

Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.

Three Principles to Embrace in 2017

Compassion, humility, and subsidiarity should guide school reform efforts.

The Myth and Reality of Heroic Teaching

Machines can’t imitate acts of heroic teaching, but with the help of performance-augmenting technologies, teachers will have an unprecedented ability to impact their students’ lives for the better.

If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter ‘Public’ School It Would Be Shut Down

Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.

What Do School Choice Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

The conversation on parental satisfaction must also include those parents whose children participate in private school choice programs.

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Charge at U.S. Department of Ed

Donald Trump’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education should keep these in mind.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers Rarely Get Fired

The research on “what matters” when it comes to a child’s academic success has been clear for decades: more than anything else that a school can control, the classroom teacher matters most.

Seven Reflections on School Reform in 2017

Here are a few musings as I survey the school reform landscape at the dawn of a new year.

Embracing Screen Time

Before you start to feel guilty about all the time your children are spending in front of screens this winter break, consider how much they might be learning from all the screen time.

A School That Works for My Kid

The students and parents who tell their stories here describe the schooling arrangements that ultimately turned out to fit just right.

2016: The Year We Came Apart

Before we close the books on this vexed year, it’s important to pause and begin to understand how we got to this place, if only to help us truly leave it behind.

What’s Ahead for Catholic Schools?

Revival efforts are focusing on better curricula, leadership, management practices, and newfound transparency about educational outcomes.

100 Must-Read Articles on the Shape of 2016

Here are 100 of my favorite articles of 2016.Together I think they paint an arresting picture of an extraordinary year.

Can Charter Schools Serve Preschoolers?

What happens if we marry high-performing charter schools with high-quality pre-k?

The Innovation Infatuation

Every once in a while, American K–12 education is overwhelmed by the conviction that its basic design is obsolete and that it needs somehow to reinvent schooling.

A NYC Mom Asks, “Why Aren’t Un-Zoned Schools Held to the Same Standards as Charter Schools?”

When selective public schools attract high-performing students and involved parents, nobody complains.

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