Charter Authorizing, Kludgeocracy, and a Principled Middle Ground

Can responsible authorizing entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork?

David Brooks and the Language of Privilege

It is within our power as educators and policymakers to help all children acquire the language of privilege so they will not be excluded.

‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure

Failure to find politically viable pathways to replacing low-performing schools can bring both district improvement strategies and charter growth to a halt.

Is Disruptive Innovation Driving K-12 Privatization?

For those concerned, I want to offer some words of solace: K–12 public schools are not getting disrupted.

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

Apprenticeship Programs in a Changing Economic World

In a knowledge-based economy, early employment gains with vocational training may lead to later problems when specific skills become obsolete and workers lack the ability to adjust to a changed economic environment.

The Social-Emotional-Learning Movement and the Self-Esteem Movement

Social Emotional Learning will almost surely turn out to have no real scientific foundation.

Would David Duke Really Say That?

Mainstream, time-tested, once uncontroversial conservative sentiments have been labeled offensive by the same voices who wonder what happened to the responsible right.

Key Decision Points for a National K–12 Scholarship Tax Credit

If the Trump administration decides to proceed with a tax credit proposal, it will have important decisions to make with regard to faith and federalism.

Do Principals Really Think All Teachers are Effective?

A new study finds that principals do differentiate their teachers’ performance, but formal personnel ratings don’t reflect this differentiation.

Increasing the Demand for High-Quality Schools in Cleveland

Cleveland’s leaders understood that when school choice breaks down in the real world, government and its partners have a role to play to make it work better for families and cities.

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

Pooling data across years and grades may provide an opportunity to include students in accountability systems in cases where subgroup size is otherwise too small.

How D.C. Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching

Teaching has been transformed into a performance-based profession that provides recognition, responsibility, collegiality, support, and significant compensation

Emulating Germany’s Apprenticeship System Won’t Make America Great Again

Trump’s apprenticeship expansion will not substitute for our failing K-12 schooling system.

Broad Majority, Narrow Ruling for School Choice in Trinity Lutheran Case

The Supreme Court closed out its Spring 2017 term this morning by announcing its opinion in a case with potential implications for private school choice.

Federal Work-Study: Past Its Prime, or Ripe for Renewal?

The Trump administration seeks to cut funding for the Federal Work-Study program by nearly 50 percent, from $990 million to $500 million, and to reform the program.

The Disconnect Between Educational Measures and Life Outcomes

A new study examines the connection between teacher reports about behavior when students are 11 and later life outcomes for those students.

For Best Results, Temper Passion With Professionalism

Education reform is hard. Doing it well is at least as much about discipline and precision as it is about passion.

Good Government Is Not Good Enough When Managing Choice in the Real World

Making school choice work requires engaged and mobilized families who can help address the human side of choice and competition in schools.

Is the Trump Education Department Really “Rolling Back” Civil Rights?

Looking behind the hype on sexual assault enforcement

Success Academy Shares Its Curriculum and Blueprints

The centerpiece of Success Academy’s online offering is its K–4 English language arts curriculum.

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing New Mexico State Chief Hanna Skandera

This week, Hanna Skandera wrapped up her final day after nearly seven years in office. She was one of the nation’s longest-serving state chiefs,

Betsy DeVos’s Team Stumbles on ESSA

After the Secretary promised to provide states wide latitude in implementing ESSA, the DeVos team seems to be misreading the law, the substantive issues, and the politics.

How Progressive is School Funding in the United States?

The fact that overall funding progressivity remains low despite two decades of reforms suggests a troubling lack of progress on equitable funding of public schools.

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