Changing Support for Charter Schools Among Republicans

Why has support for the schools declined and what could turn that around?

Lynchpin of Teachers Union Power Returns to the Supreme Court

If the Court rules against agency fees it would cause teachers unions’ membership to shrink and the unions’ political and economic wings to be clipped.

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s Innovation Engine

The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General released a faulty audit of a highly innovative model that complies with both the spirit and letter of the law.

In the News: Supreme Court Poised to Deal a Sharp Blow to Unions for Teachers and Public Employees

The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a case involving the agency fees that teachers and other public employees are required to pay to unions even if they choose not to join the unions.

Teachers Unions Blow an Easy Chance to Walk the Walk

Why are the unions not more concerned about a new study finding that 28% of district teachers miss more than ten days of school for personal and sick leave?

District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – and That’s Ok

Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

Narrow Opening for School Choice

But Blaine Amendments stand, for now

The Problem with Those Who Cried “Wolf!” on Trump’s Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump’s budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

How to Earn Public Support for Charter Schools

The first step to gaining back and building support for charter schools is to hold them accountable for providing a quality education.

Rethinking Federal Regulation of Sexual Harassment

The need for deliberation, not demagoguery, in the Age of Trump

EdNext Podcast: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The Education Exchange: Public Opinion on Teacher Quality

The 2017 Education Next poll asked the public, parents, and teachers what share of teachers at your local public school are excellent, good, satisfactory and unsatisfactory.

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

When it Comes to Education, Are Californians Unique?

The Californians who participated in the 2017 Education Next survey of American adults have views that are different from the national sample on only a few issues.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on school choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more

Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform

Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

In the News: Teachers Union Adopts New, Anti-Charter School Policy

Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly approved a policy statement on charter schools that aims to limit the growth of charter schools and regulate the schools more closely.

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

Pooling data across years and grades may provide an opportunity to include students in accountability systems in cases where subgroup size is otherwise too small.

How Should Racial Disparities in School Discipline Be Investigated?

What journalists, education reformers, and everyone else should understand is that the Obama Administration turned almost everything into a potential civil rights violation.

Godspeed, Mitchell Chester

Mitchell Chester, the longtime Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, a good man, and a true friend, passed away Monday evening.

The Battle over Blaine Amendments Heads Back to the States

On the heels of its decision yesterday in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the Supreme Court today granted cert to and vacated state supreme court decisions out of Colorado and New Mexico that used Blaine Amendments to exclude religious schools from government aid programs.

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