School Vouchers, LGBTQ Rights, and Religious Liberty

What Betsy DeVos should say when asked whether schools accepting vouchers can refuse to admit LGBTQ students.

Profiting from Educational Choice?

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.

Are Private Schools Allowed to Discriminate?

And will private schools be required to follow civil rights laws if they accept vouchers?

Blended Learning’s Unfulfilled Promise: Saving Teachers Time

Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential.

Personalized Learning Will Live or Die on Ability to Manage Change

Schools can struggle to pull off a shift to personalized learning, especially among more veteran teachers wedded to old ways.

Of ESSA Plans and TPS Reports

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.

The Politics & Partisanship of America’s Education Reform Debate: Time for a Suburban Strategy?

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?

Start High School Later for Better Academic Outcomes

Changing school start times could boost learning at a very low cost.

Can We Learn from How Other Countries Empower Their Educators?

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.

Mixed Emotions on Trump’s Education Budget

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.

The Politics & Partisanship of the Education Reform Debate: Why Being ‘Right’ Isn’t Enough

While “we” felt the system needed to be upended in a variety of ways, lots of folks didn’t.

Don’t Let Personalized Learning Become the Processed Food of Education

Let’s make sure not to break learning into little bits and scraps and bytes of disparate skills, disconnected from an inspiring, coherent whole.

AFT Still Working At Cross-Purposes with Teachers’ Interests

A response to AFT President Randi Weingarten

The Summer 2017 Issue of Education Next Is Here!

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.

Educational Choice, Not School Choice, Making Moves in Florida

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.

Cultural Activity Matters

A rigorously designed study out of Denmark shows that cultural activity among students is strongly (and likely causally) related to later academic success.

Trump Happened, Part Deux

Wondering about federal education policy in the midst of all this can feel like playing wiffle ball in the middle of a hurricane.

What We Don’t Know About High Schools Can Hurt Us

There are few studies going on about effective approaches for helping students graduate.

Fancy Private Schools Want to Abandon High School Transcripts and Grades

What this is really about: Making it appear that all graduates of elite schools are above average.

Stone Soup and School Reform

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.

The Challenge of Paying for a New Kind of Learning

Completion-based funding policies could be an easy sell to state lawmakers, but they’re a short-sighted, and ultimately self-defeating, approach.

Education Policy: Props, Paper Plans, and Pyrrhic Victories

Too often we focus on symbols and dramatic-sounding narratives which ultimately reduce the chance of delivering better schools.

To Improve Education in America, Look Beyond the Traditional School Model

Our school systems used to fund a variety of diverse schools. Most democracies still do.

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction?

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.

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