Of Teacher Strikes, Inigo Montoya, and Claims of ‘Justice’

When everyone starts hitching their competing agendas to the siren call of “justice,” public decisions morph into a carnival of clashing absolutes. This makes it harder to find common ground.

Teacher Strikes Morph from Pocketbook Clash to Partisan Street Theater

The teacher strikes have quickly gone from a plucky fight over paychecks to an increasingly polarizing progressive crusade over tax and spending policy.

EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers

Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.

EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children

But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?

Three Reflections on the NAEP 2017 Talkfest

What the pundits skip over when divining the grand significance of NAEP results.

EdStat: 23 States Said Their Education Agency “Had a Heavier Workload under ESSA than under NCLB”

New research challenges the notion that ESSA has fewer federal regulations than previous iterations of the federal K–12 law.

Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity In Weighted Student Funding Pilot

ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.

5 Thoughts on the Teacher Strikes

Ten weeks ago, hardly anyone saw West Virginia and Oklahoma coming.

Who Signs Your Paycheck?

Federal influence on State Education Agencies

EdStat: According to the Understanding America Study, 47 Percent of U.S. Adults Support Charter Schools

Our 2017 EdNext poll reported a sharp drop in support for new charter schools, but is public opinion bouncing back?

Trump and the Nation’s Schools

Assessing the administration’s early impact on education

A Strong Start on Advancing Reform

Forum: Trump and the Nation’s Schools

Harmful Policies, Values, and Rhetoric

After little more than a year, President Donald J. Trump’s policies, values, and rhetoric have had a negative impact on our nation’s most vulnerable schoolchildren, particularly low-income students and students of color. This adverse effect is especially pronounced in five areas: oversight of federal education law; enforcement of federal guarantees of educational equity; budget and […]

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

The Rebound in Charter Support — But Also a Widening Partisan Divide

Charters are making a rebound—at least among Republicans and African Americans.

EdStat: West Virginia Teachers Secured a 5 Percent Pay Raise by Striking

Maybe we need to rethink how teachers’ pay schedules are structured.

EdStat: Only 36 Percent of the Public Think the Federal Government Should Play the Largest Role in Setting Educational Standards

Opinion has shifted modestly away from federal control toward local control over the past two years.

EdStat: The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Lasted 9 Days

Could labor activism mean that unions are getting weaker?

Do Strikes Signal Union Strength?

Power and the West Virginia teachers’ strike

EdStat: Being Exposed to a Duty-to-Bargain Law for All 12 Years of Schooling Reduces Male Earnings by Almost $1,500 Per Year

“Duty-to-bargain” laws require school districts to negotiate with teachers unions in good faith.

EdStat: 61 Percent of Respondents Liked the New California School Dashboard Accountability Site

According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.

What Lies Ahead for Teachers’ Unions After Janus?

We should not discount unions’ ability to adapt their political strategies to find influence even when the pendulum is swinging away from their interests.

Teacher Collective Bargaining and Student Learning

The evidence suggests that teacher collective bargaining leads to worse student outcomes that are reflected in long-run labor market success.

Please, Let Research Inform the Union Debate

There’s emerging evidence that what’s in collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) can influence important outcomes.

EdStat: 46 Percent of the General Public Support Merit Pay for Teachers

According to the 2017 EdNext poll, support for merit pay for teachers among the general public has dropped from 67 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2017.

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