Two Charter School Debates: When Philosophical Opposition Masquerades as Policy Commentary

There’s lots of important work out there aimed at improving the way the charter sector works, but it often gets overshadowed by articles that are just thinly veiled attacks on the idea of charter schooling.

The Splintering School Reform Movement

Different reformers prefer different reforms, and those reforms are colliding. Something has to give. We need to either pause the move to the tougher tests or pause the stakes attached to the teacher evaluations.

Private Schools Should Learn from Charter Schools Without Adopting their Regulatory Scheme

Do we really want government agencies to oversee and regulate private schools that participate in choice programs?

How Does Teacher Attrition Compare to Other Professions?

Of the college graduates who became teachers, 30 percent left within six years.

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Implementing Common Core: Curriculum Part 2

A look at key curricular decisions that will be encountered as CCSS makes its way through the school system and the potential political controversies that this process may provoke.

Whither the NEA?

Perhaps the historic coupling of the NEA and the Democratic Party is loosening a bit.

Disruptive Innovation And Education

Disrupting our K–12 schools or our public school districts is impossible today because there is no nonconsumption of education in this country, but helping our schools use disruptive innovation to disrupt the classroom—the way they arrange teaching and learning—is possible.

Teacher Pensions, Recruitment, and Retention

Are state pension plans a recruitment or retention incentive for teachers? It’s complicated, but many of the claims about the value of pensions don’t stand up to scrutiny.

On School Discipline, Let’s Not Repeat All Our Old Mistakes

President Obama’s policy will have a predictable effect: eliminating suspensions and expulsions as an option for school administrators.

Breaking Down “The Chartered Course”

The charter school sector has potentially valuable lessons for private school leaders.

Why Johnny Won’t Learn to Read

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 NCES, NIEER, and Spinning Preschool Data

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.

Vergara, Harris, and the Fate of the Teacher Unions

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.

Cheese, Charter Schools & Promising Developments in Special Ed

Why some of the most competent charters are choosing to become their own LEAs and take full responsibility for special education

A Missed Opportunity for Common Core

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.

Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement

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.

It’s a Rookie Mistake

The relative weakness of novice teachers is not proof of poor teacher preparation.

Conscious Incompetence: New Ed-School Grads are Unprepared to Teach — and We Seem Fine With That

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.”

The ‘Balanced Literacy’ Hoax

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.

Americans Want Choice, Not Government Mandates

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline and the Federal Government

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.

Digital Learning via Puzzles, Games, and Simulations

Most educational apps are nothing more than “chocolate-covered broccoli,” but there are some less structured (and more fun) ways for kids to learn.

Our Favorite Educational Apps

Great educational apps recommended by people who are tech experts, education policy wonks, parents, or all three.

Five Thoughts on Randi Weingarten’s AEI Remarks

Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.

The Future of the Common Core in Louisiana

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.

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