Parental choice in education has seen great success, and stories of students’ changed lives and parents’ and policymakers’ acts of courage are all around us.
School is back in session in many places. And yet, state test results from last spring are still trickling out.
Education reform circa 2016 is politically orphaned, loath to ask much of fair-weather friends, and too morally exhausted and intimidated by “social justice” crusaders to defend its successes.
The overwhelming majority of states provide schools with few incentives to focus on their high-achieving students.
Policymakers have few useful tools to screen out “bad” teachers from the profession. The current screening tools are doing little more than unnecessarily limiting the supply of new teachers.
Instead of continuing with a complex and ineffective maze of Title I regulations, states should have the opportunity to let parents decide how to use Title I dollars.
Innovators stress that without effective change management, the best technology tools and the most elegant personalized learning models will come up short.
Why Knowledge Matters, E. D. Hirsch, Jr.’s fifth book on education, is as important as his first.
Can philanthropists most powerfully effect “system change” by going at the system frontally or by circumnavigating it with actions that will inevitably compel it to change?
At least three distinct theories have been proposed about how moving away from a majority-white teacher workforce would be beneficial for students of color.
Governor John Bel Edwards recently cut funding of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), claiming that it was necessary to save money.
Our next President will be forced to make a number of important education policy decisions almost immediately upon taking office.
Books like J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” force us to confront simpleminded views of the ills we seek to address and to be humble about over-optimistic schemes to set things right.
The extreme focus, teamwork, effort, and joy that drive elite winning teams are exactly what’s required to turn around our lowest-performing schools.
Here are some basic lessons in political science for the leadership of the ed reform movement to help them avoid political failures and electoral defeats.
Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.
The six-student American team beat out competitors from over 100 other countries in this year’s International Math Olympiad for high school students.
Pension benefits for public school teachers (and most public employees) are far more generous than for private sector professionals.
Are U.S. schools over-identifying children for special ed based on their race or ethnicity? The best-available studies find that the opposite is occurring.
Big transitions are underway throughout American education.
Three recommendations for policymakers in states that are wrestling to turn the rapid development of online schools into a net plus for their pupils.