What Betsy DeVos should say when asked whether schools accepting vouchers can refuse to admit LGBTQ students.
It’s students who benefit from tax-credit scholarships
The Disinvestment Hypothesis: Don’t Blame State Budget Cuts for Rising Tuition at Public Universities
Surprisingly, researchers and the media have demanded very little evidence before concluding that state funding cuts are causing tuition to rise.
And will private schools be required to follow civil rights laws if they accept vouchers?
Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential.
Schools can struggle to pull off a shift to personalized learning, especially among more veteran teachers wedded to old ways.
State ESSA plans are the kind of pointless paper exercise demanded by 21st century bureaucracy. The only thing that matters is what states and districts actually do after they’ve submitted their plans.
When a politician reviews your proposal, he or she is asking a fundamental and self-interested question: Does this get me more friends or make me more enemies?
Changing school start times could boost learning at a very low cost.
The obstacles are immense and the likelihood of these insights being applied on a large scale in the United States anytime soon are lamentably tiny.
I had a three-part reaction: it’s not that big a deal; the cuts are generally reasonable and some are even brave; but the budget as a whole is so problematic that I’ve no desire to defend it.
While “we” felt the system needed to be upended in a variety of ways, lots of folks didn’t.
Let’s make sure not to break learning into little bits and scraps and bytes of disparate skills, disconnected from an inspiring, coherent whole.
A response to AFT President Randi Weingarten
The cover article helps parents decide whether to hold their kindergarteners back a year to give them more time to develop physically, socially, or emotionally.
Florida is one of the homes of “course access” or “course choice” legislation that allows public dollars to follow students to pay for an individual course of their choice.
A rigorously designed study out of Denmark shows that cultural activity among students is strongly (and likely causally) related to later academic success.
Wondering about federal education policy in the midst of all this can feel like playing wiffle ball in the middle of a hurricane.
There are few studies going on about effective approaches for helping students graduate.
What this is really about: Making it appear that all graduates of elite schools are above average.
Pilot programs invariably benefit from enthusiastic leadership, foundation support, intense hand-holding from experts, waivers from contracts and district regulations, teachers and families excited about the program, and more.
Completion-based funding policies could be an easy sell to state lawmakers, but they’re a short-sighted, and ultimately self-defeating, approach.
Too often we focus on symbols and dramatic-sounding narratives which ultimately reduce the chance of delivering better schools.
Our school systems used to fund a variety of diverse schools. Most democracies still do.
If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.