What Is Good for General Motors

For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.

For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.

The Home-Schooling Special

Today's choicest choice

Today's choicest choice

Race to the Top

Business model a guide to replicating quality schools

Business model a guide to replicating quality schools

Today’s Education-Industrial Complex

Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?

Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?

Excellence Reformers Need to Make a Choice

Is accountability the reform of the past?

Is accountability the reform of the past?

Good News for Presidential Candidates

The public supports a wide range of education reforms

The public supports a wide range of education reforms

Politics First, Students Last

A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report

A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report

Misdirected Energy

Schools get an A in resisting reform.

Schools get an A in resisting reform.

Learning from Catastrophe Theory

What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future

What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future

Evidence Matters

Linking scholarship and reform

Linking scholarship and reform

By Education Next    From the Editor  

The New Education Market

Examining the early responses of public schools to competition

Examining the early responses of public schools to competition

By the Editors    Features, From the Editor  

Credible Cassandras

This time, perhaps, the sky is falling

High-school graduation rates are slipping? Can this be? Or is Chicken Little at it again? After rising for more than 100 years, reports Duncan Chaplin in our lead feature “Tassels on the Cheap,” graduation rates started to slip during the 1970s. By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points […]

By the editors    From the Editor  

More Than Just Pay

Are teachers paid too little? This has been more of an assumption than a question in recent decades. Even raising the issue carries the risk of being labeled anti-education. Nonetheless, a few of our intrepid authors dared to tackle the subject in this issue’s pages. They suggest that today’s teachers may be well paid, but […]

By The Editors    From the Editor, Journal  

Let’s Not Play Favorites

Religion, civic values, and public education

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the city of Cleveland’s school voucher program constitutional because it took a neutral stance toward religion. Both religious and secular schooling options were available to parents. Now the political and legal struggle shifts to the states, where opponents of vouchers are pinning their hopes on the so-called Blaine […]

By The Editors    From the Editor  

The More You Have…

Fiscal troubles plague the public schools

Fiscal troubles plague the public schools

By The Editors    From the Editor  

Tough Love

New evidence that tough-grading teachers elicit better student performance

The value of high grading standards

What Mandates?

It’s been said, more than once, that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a mandate that the federal government has failed to fund. Not true, in either respect. The law is neither unfunded nor, with one exception, much of a mandate.

It’s been said, more than once, that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a mandate that the federal government has failed to fund. Not true, in either respect. The law is neither unfunded nor, with one exception, much of a mandate.

By The Editors    From the Editor  

The Brown Irony

Racial progress eventually came to pass—everywhere but in public schools

Racial progress eventually came to pass—everywhere but in public schools

Paying Teachers Properly

That the uniform salary “schedule” for teachers is obsolete and dysfunctional is a truth widely accepted but rarely challenged.

That the uniform salary “schedule” for teachers is obsolete and dysfunctional is a truth widely accepted but rarely challenged.

The Children Left Behind

NCLB is a Giant Step Forward—but a Mid-course Correction is Needed

Now it is certain, on its third anniversary, that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a monumental achievement. The accountability provisions of the law shine a bright light on the performance of schools across the nation, forcing many of them to attend to long-ignored problems. But new evidence confirms what was known when the law […]

A Tribute to John Walton

At the edge of a fault line between two tectonic plates, the Grand Teton towers some five thousand feet over Jackson Hole below. There, near his beloved family home, John Walton, a risk-taker of the kind seldom witnessed within the world of large-scale philanthropy, died tragically on June 27, 2005, while flying a small, experimental […]

By Education Next    From the Editor  

Of Teacher Shortages and Quality

Good teaching—the kind that can routinely raise student achievement—is the most valuable of all education resources. When a teacher inspires, children learn, even when the building is antiquated, the Internet is missing, and classes are bigger than usual. So teacher quality matters. A lot. Yet the standard measure of quality today, the teaching credential or […]

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