To Improve Education, Focus on Excellence — Not Failure

School failure is no longer the United States’ most pressing educational problem—mediocrity is.

Education Takes 11th in ‘16

Education is clearly not a top-tier issue for the public right now, but it’s also nowhere near the bottom.

As an Education Prez, Trump Would be Obama’s Spiritual Heir

Trump has spent at least half his adult life as a Democrat, has been on every side of every major issue, and seems wholly unacquainted with the Constitution.

Parsing Public Opinion on Policy

The results of three recent polls on education policy should provide interesting fodder for the winners of state and national elections.

EdNext Podcast: Bill de Blasio’s Strategy for Fixing New York City’s Public Schools

When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, he launched several new programs to boost student achievement in New York City schools. Has he succeeded in crafting a progressive alternative to predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s “education reform” agenda?

5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now

At a panel discussion this Friday, education researchers, change agents, community- and thought-leaders, and policy makers will discuss what we’ve learned about the country’s views on K-12 education over the past decade.

Title I Flexibility and Micro ESAs

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.

ESSA Didn’t Settle Federal Education Policy. Far From It.

Our next President will be forced to make a number of important education policy decisions almost immediately upon taking office.

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

Could ESSA Spark an Overhaul of How We Fund Schools?

Three provisions in the new law might help states and school districts improve their systems of school finance.

Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

What Was Accomplished in the Era of Reform via Federal Regulation?

For all their differences, George W. Bush and Barack Obama shared a surprisingly common approach to school reform: a regulatory approach.

The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform

Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope

Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope

Justice Deferred

Supreme Court lets agency fees stand

Supreme Court lets agency fees stand

How ED’s Proposed Supplement not Supplant Regulations Could Backfire on Equity

If these rules are put into place, districts will face several incentives at odds with helping disadvantaged students.

Could Well-Meaning New Labor Rule Hurt Charter Schools, Preschools, & Tutoring Programs?

The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is moving to revamp the “overtime rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This could have a big impact on programs that depend on the passionate commitment of small staffs.

What Would a President Trump Mean for Education?

One reason that Trump makes political veteran observers so nervous is that he could very well be elected President of the United States, and yet no one has any idea of what he’d attempt to do in office.

The Future of Friedrichs

With Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected passing, we can’t help but ask what will happen with Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which appeared headed to a 5-4 split.

From Evidence-based Programs to an Evidence-based System: Opportunities Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

A series of provisions in the new education law encourage the use of evidence to inform the kinds of decisions states are now empowered to make.

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.

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