Teachers More Likely to Use Private Schools for their Own Kids

These teachers, moreover, support similar choices for other parents and oppose agency fees currently imposed on many.

5 Thoughts on ESSA

The new law retains NCLB’s federal framework for testing while getting the federal government out of the business of trying to judge teacher or school quality or how to “fix” schools.

ESEA and the Return of a Well-Rounded Curriculum

The sooner schools see building knowledge across the curriculum as Job One in strengthening reading comprehension, the better.

School Accountability Before, During, and After NCLB

With NCLB reauthorization taking another step forward, I’m again hearing the refrain that states won’t back away from school accountability when they’re not forced to by the feds.

Scoring the New Every Student Succeeds Act

ESSA doesn’t come close to getting it all right, but it’s a vast improvement on NCLB and the status quo.

Competitive Grants and Federal Education Policy

Conventional formula-based programs can divvy up dollars evenly, but they don’t change behavior much. The right kind of competitive grant, however, allows the federal government to set a priority while enabling state and local direction and innovation.

A Bad Bargain

How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life

How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life

If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.

What the 2016 Race May Hold for Education

We might see some significant education action in DC come 2017, but it’s unlikely to get much of a preview on the 2016 trail.

Why Did President Obama Appoint John King as “Acting” Education Secretary Rather Than Put Him Through the Senate Confirmation Process?

As Arne Duncan exits, another missed opportunity for bipartisanship

Behind the Headline: What if No Child Left Behind Worked and Nobody Realized It? Blame the Media.

In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.

Actually, Boehner’s Resignation Doesn’t Change the Odds on ESEA

The odds of ESEA reauthorization weren’t good before Boehner’s announcement. After Boehner’s announcement, not a lot has changed.

Sorry, Folks, ESEA Reauthorization Just Got Much Harder

Some folks are claiming that news that House Speaker John Boehner will step down at the end of October makes an ESEA reauthorization more likely this fall. That’s just crazy talk.

Teachers Unions at Risk of Losing “Agency Fees”

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape

More Than A Slogan

Five good reasons federalism is so important in education

Behind the Headline: A Federal Raid on Local Schools

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

A Supreme Hit to Charter Schools in Washington

Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law is an existential threat to the parental choice movement.

Court Ruling Against Charter Schools Romanticizes an Obsolete Version of Local Control

With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.

Education Governance: Who Makes the Decisions and Who Has the Power?

Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 schooling.

Why Do Two Good Polls Get Different Results?

Gauging Public Opinion on Parental Opt-out, Charters, Common Core and Vouchers

Gauging public opinion on parental opt-out, charters, Common Core and vouchers

New Orleans and the Remaking of American Urban Public Schooling

New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.

New Poll Offers News Both Heartening and Glum for Education Reformers

When it comes to fundamental principles and practices regarding K–12 education, the American public is generally pretty sensible and steadfast.

Common Core: How Much Do People Know About Its Real Impact?

Are opinions about the Common Core driven by the public debate broadcast in the media or are they rooted in direct knowledge about what is happening in schools?

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more

Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more

2015 EdNext Poll Finds High Levels of Support for Testing and Little Sympathy for the Opt-Out Movement

Today Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard Kennedy School released the ninth annual Education Next public opinion poll on education policies.

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