Education Governance: Who Makes the Decisions and Who Has the Power?

Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 schooling.

Scott Walker’s Act 10 Caused an Uproar, But Things Are Mostly Back to Normal

In the midst of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial 2011 budget bill, many warned that the state’s public employees, including teachers, would retire in droves.

‘No-Racially-Disparate-Discipline’ Policies Opposed by Both Teachers and General Public

In 2014 the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, acting together, sent every school district a letter asking local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.

Top K-12 Education Policy Organizations and Media Outlets on Social Media 2015

On Wednesday, I published the results of our latest ranking of top education policy people on social media. Now let’s look at organizations and media outlets.

Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . . .

… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.

Can Teachers Really Teach Anywhere?

Teachers are much more likely to move within a state than to cross state lines.

Charter Schools: Taking Stock

It’s time to review the progress of the charter movement and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray..

Top K-12 Education Policy People on Social Media 2015

It’s time for my annual list of top Twitter handles in education policy.

Why Do Two Good Polls Get Different Results?

Gauging Public Opinion on Parental Opt-out, Charters, Common Core and Vouchers

Gauging public opinion on parental opt-out, charters, Common Core and vouchers

CNN’s Misleading Story on Homework

CNN’s story relies on the results of one study that is limited in what it can tell us, but CNN even gets its main findings wrong.

Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?

New Orleans and the Remaking of American Urban Public Schooling

New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.

400-Plus People and Organizations To Follow on Twitter

It’s August, which means it’s time for my annual list of top Twitter feeds in education policy.

New Poll Offers News Both Heartening and Glum for Education Reformers

When it comes to fundamental principles and practices regarding K–12 education, the American public is generally pretty sensible and steadfast.

Teacher Retention Rates Are Up, Not Down

The data simply don’t support the notion that teachers are leaving schools in droves in response to recent education reforms.

Common Core: How Much Do People Know About Its Real Impact?

Are opinions about the Common Core driven by the public debate broadcast in the media or are they rooted in direct knowledge about what is happening in schools?

What the Republican Presidential Contenders Should Be Saying About Education

On Wednesday, Campbell Brown and the American Federation for Children will host an education policy summit in New Hampshire with at least six of the GOP presidential contenders. Here’s what I hope they will say.

Unions Love Social Security. They Just Don’t Want it for All Their Workers

Over 6 million public sector workers are not covered by Social Security, including about 1.2 million public school teachers.

What Should States Do About School Districts In Financial Trouble?

Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Grade Their Own Students

We put teachers in a tough spot, asking them to motivate their students to excel at learning and also asking them to give their students grades.

Why the New ESEA Won’t Embrace “Tight As To Results, Loose On How To Achieve Them”

If the ESEA renewal processes gets across the finish line, the federal government will have much less power than it does today.

What Education Activist Campbell Brown Should Ask the 2016 GOP Hopefuls

Next week’s Education Summit in New Hampshire will give voters a chance to learn about the Republican candidates’ views on education.

Julie Young Returns To Online Learning

Julie Young’s new venture offers international students the opportunity to earn a dual diploma from their native country and from a U.S. accredited high school through virtual learning.

What I Learned From Today’s Young Education Innovators

Earlier this year, Forbes released a celebration of edu-wunderkinds, its “30 under 30” in education.

Teacher Shortage? Blame the Economy

A new study finds that when recessions hit, both men and women are less likely to want to become teachers and instead turn to fields like accounting and engineering.

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