5 School-Improvement Tips for Civic and Community Leaders

In many places, perhaps the most important mission for civic leaders is to provide the persistence, patience, and maturity that can help turn a vicious cycle into a virtuous one.

Changing Support for Charter Schools Among Republicans

Why has support for the schools declined and what could turn that around?

The Pell Grant Proxy: A Ubiquitous But Flawed Measure of Low-income Student Enrollment

Policymakers use the Pell Grant program to measure the share of low-income students enrolled at specific universities, but the reliability of this measure is rarely scrutinized.

About That ‘White Supremacist’ Bedsheet Which Greeted Betsy DeVos’ Speech at Harvard

Today, let’s set aside the Beltway stuff to talk a bit about that sign and what lately strikes me as the remarkably promiscuous use of that term—white supremacist—in education circles.

Has Eva Moskowitz Gone Too Far on Parent Accountability?

Success Academy Schools have begun sending home “Parent Investment Cards” evaluating how well parents are meeting their responsibilities.

Education Philanthropists Should Walk the Walk on Accountability

The other week, I called out teachers unions for failing to “walk the walk”; I think the same admonition can be applied to education funders, big time.

What We Know About Career and Technical Education in High School

States have been very active in passing laws about CTE. They now need to step up and support research that can help ensure these new initiatives are successful.

No, Half of American Schoolchildren Are Not ‘Low-Income’

It might be the most common mistake in education writing today: declaring that a majority of public school students hail from “low income” families.

Lynchpin of Teachers Union Power Returns to the Supreme Court

If the Court rules against agency fees it would cause teachers unions’ membership to shrink and the unions’ political and economic wings to be clipped.

Advice to the Arnold Foundation

The problem with Portfolio Management is the centralized and overly-active nature of a single quality-control entity.

An Innovation That Looks Good Even Up Close

The 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana is an example of a school that does “dual enrollment” right.

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Thinking “Beyond the Box”: The Use of Criminal Records in College Admissions

The overlap in the population between those applying to college and those with a criminal record is bigger than many realize,

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s Innovation Engine

The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General released a faulty audit of a highly innovative model that complies with both the spirit and letter of the law.

Five Thoughts on Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade

Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Here’s what we think our new study means—and doesn’t mean—for both state-led and federal efforts to expand school choice.

Teachers Unions Blow an Easy Chance to Walk the Walk

Why are the unions not more concerned about a new study finding that 28% of district teachers miss more than ten days of school for personal and sick leave?

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

Race, Poverty, and Interpreting Overrepresentation in Special Education

Research shows that racial and ethnic minority students are less likely to be identified for special education than white students when you take other student characteristics into account.

Public Schools’ Billion-Hour Teacher Absenteeism Problem

28.3 percent of teachers in traditional public schools miss eleven or more days of school for illness or personal reasons.

When College Students Don’t Understand the Concept of Free Speech

More than half of current U.S. college students think it’s OK to shout down a speaker who says offensive things.

What We’ve Forgotten About School Reform: Courtesy of Messrs. Tyack, Cuban, and Payne

There’s a lot of wisdom in Tinkering Toward Utopia and So Much Reform, So Little Change.

The Charter Movement’s ‘Tipping Point’ Strategy Isn’t Working. What Now?

Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.

District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – and That’s Ok

Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.

Betsy DeVos to Speak at School Choice Conference at Harvard

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will deliver the keynote address at “The Future of School Choice” on September 28, 2017

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