If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
I’d love to see charter associations ask OCR to investigate states that don’t do enough to provide equitable funding to charter schools serving high proportions of poor and minority children.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson looks at why it is so popular for politicians to call for more spending on schools.
When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.
Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.
Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.
If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.
When the court decides, as it almost certainly has to that, in fact, no one forced Louisiana or any other state to adopt Common Core, the most effective anti-Common Core argument goes, “Poof!”
There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.
A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.
There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.
What President Obama termed “the most meaningful education reform in a generation” has proven to be more a cautionary tale than a model.
Where is the “plain language” of ESEA that gives the Department of Education the authority to mandate statewide teacher-evaluation systems, particularly for states that want waivers on school accountability. Just as with ObamaCare and the question of whether the federal government is a “state,” the administration won’t have a good answer.
Last summer, Tony Bennett resigned the Florida superintendency when slammed with alleged improprieties from his tenure as Indiana state chief. Last week, he was cleared of all but one very minor charge.
Perhaps the historic coupling of the NEA and the Democratic Party is loosening a bit.
President Obama’s policy will have a predictable effect: eliminating suspensions and expulsions as an option for school administrators.
We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.
Will the new federal regulatory scheme lead to real change on the ground?
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.
Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.
The Washington Post editorial board notes that teachers unions are beginning to push back against the Common Core standards in several states.
Our report on reforming state departments of education has generated some very thoughtful responses.
Now that Washington State has lost its waiver and Indiana could be on a path to nonrenewal, we shouldn’t be surprised if people start asking increasingly pointed questions about why other states, similarly noncompliant, haven’t been dinged.
What happens when opponents of the Common Core State Standards finally succeed in getting a state’s policymakers to “repeal” the education initiative?