The charter school sector has potentially valuable lessons for private school leaders.
We know for a fact that “balanced literacy” has had little effect on closing stubborn achievement gaps. So why is New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina bringing it back?
The job of a statistical agency is to provide people with data by which they can judge these things for themselves. On the preschool front, the National Center for Education Statistics has let the country down.
We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.
Why some of the most competent charters are choosing to become their own LEAs and take full responsibility for special education
Common Core supporters should be showcasing lessons that represent a sharp break with the skills-driven, all-texts-are-created-equal approach that has come to dominate too many classrooms.
Principal hiring practices continue to fall short of what is needed, effectively causing needy schools to lose out on leaders with the potential to be great.
The relative weakness of novice teachers is not proof of poor teacher preparation.
Ask a teacher about his or her first year in the classroom and you’ll hear, either with a smile or a shudder, how “nothing prepared me for my first year as a teacher.”
Balanced literacy is neither “balanced” nor “literacy,” at least not in the sense that poor kids taught to read via this approach will end up literate.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.
In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) jointly released a “Dear Colleague Letter” containing guidance for schools on avoiding discrimination against students on the basis of race when administering school disciplinary policies.
Most educational apps are nothing more than “chocolate-covered broccoli,” but there are some less structured (and more fun) ways for kids to learn.
Great educational apps recommended by people who are tech experts, education policy wonks, parents, or all three.
Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.
Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the state would pull out of both the PARCC testing consortium as well as the Common Core Standards Initiative.
Tenure laws that protect grossly ineffective teachers actually harm better teachers, who are unfairly tarnished by association with unquestionably bad teachers.
In which states and cities are high-quality charter schools thriving, and what policies make the charter sectors in those states so strong?
Our elite universities, should they wish, could end epic oversharing, help student writing, and improve college readiness in one fell swoop.
Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates’ postsecondary performance and the strategies it’s using to improve that performance.
State education leaders will have to decide if their states are ready to move forward with consequences based on Common Core assessments.
A blended-learning high school experiments with new roles for teachers.
Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?
Tenure is just one part of a dysfunctional approach to human resource management in U.S. schools that needs a complete overhaul.
Early, irreversible decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.