Give Vouchers Time: Low-income Families Need as Many Quality School Options as Possible

The goal of Louisiana’s private school choice policy is to expand the number of high quality, free or low-cost schooling options available to low-income families.

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Startups Tackle Disparities in New Ways

Startups are offering new forms of human and social capital to schools and students to make up for staffing disparities in teachers and guidance counselors.

Can Charter School Autonomy Coexist with Community Control over Schools?

A community’s voters want to have a say over what types of schools exist, what constitutes “good schools,” who runs them, how an area’s culture and traditions are passed on, and much more.

Three Fixes for the Charter Marketplace

Even after twenty-five years, charters in most places remain an alien implant in the body of American public education, and all sorts of immune reactions persist.

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

A Scholarly Approach to School Accountability

States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

Of Big ‘R’ and Little ‘r’ School Reform

For all the passion, though, I’m not sure that we actually have all that clear an idea of what it means to be a “reformer.”

How DC and New Orleans Are Addressing Excessive Discipline While Respecting School Autonomy

No one doubts that suspension and expulsion rates in too many public schools are far too high. But simply telling schools to “do less” suspensions and expulsions, has not worked.

10 States Spend More on Employee Retirement Costs Than on Higher Education

Pensions are eating further and further into state and local education budgets, eating up dollars that could be spent on lots of other things, especially higher education.

The NAEP Proficiency Myth

NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.

The Value of NAEP Achievement Levels

NAEP’s achievement levels, especially “proficient,” do expect a lot from American schools and students, but proficiency in twelfth-grade reading on NAEP equates pretty closely to college readiness.

The Disconnect Between Changing Test Scores and Changing Later Life Outcomes Strikes Again

Given the disconnect between test scores and later life outcomes we need significantly greater humility about knowing which schools are succeeding.

Personalized Learning and Sound Curriculum—Two Sides of the Same Coin

Personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge; indeed, it is a powerful means for enabling students to master core knowledge

School Reform Is the New Ed. School

Both communities are bound by a stifling orthodoxy so ingrained that it’s invisible to its adherents.

School Choice as an Antipoverty Strategy

Even in a time of great political polarization, at least some school choice policies have the potential to foster bipartisan collaboration.

Russ Whitehurst Throws Cold Water on the Grit Craze, But Is the Water Too Cold?

There seems to be something very important about character skills in education even if we do not fully understand how to define, measure, or alter them.

What “Hamilton” and Its 11 Tonys Say About Grit and Privilege

What we teach our kids about responding to adversity says a lot about our vision of America.

More on Soft Skills: Time to Flit the Grit

Grit is a personality trait, not a skill to be taught. It is highly heritable. We have no validated interventions for teaching it that can be used by schools.

Giving Education Reform Tools Directly to Parents and Teachers

Instead of obsessing over laws and regulations, should education reformers focus more on getting better information and resources into the hands of parents and teachers?

Open Educational Resources Are Just Building Blocks—An Education Requires An Architect

Great lessons may not add up to a great education. A great education is carefully mapped out.

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Gates’ Common-Core Mea Culpa and the School Reform Divide

Given that the problems with Common Core were predictable, why did they catch so many advocates off-guard?

No Excuses for Stagnant Student Achievement in U.S. High Schools

With graduation rates at an all-time high, , but federal achievement data indicate that these students likely have no better math or reading skills than their parents did.

Open Educational Resources Will Evolve to Address the Problems We Hire Them to Solve

OER content gives schools and teachers instructional “Legos” that they can organize, revise, and combine more easily to create custom learning solutions that meet their students’ needs.

In Vergara, Low-Income Students Pay … One Way or Another

The real question is whether the California laws that were challenged by the plaintiffs in the case “inevitably cause” poor and minority students to be provided with a lower quality education, and the answer is Yes.

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