Is Desegregation Dead?

Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics

Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics

By Susan Eaton and Steven Rivkin    Courts and Law, Forum, Homepage, Journal, On Top of the News  

School-Finance Reform in Red and Blue

Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state

Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state

By Christopher Berry and Charles Wysong    Courts and Law, Homepage, Journal, Research  

Money and Good Intentions Won’t Fix Our Schools

Last week the media reported the apparently shocking news that the Kansas City, Missouri School District school board voted 5-4 to close nearly half of its schools, 26 of 61 schools in the district. But those familiar with the district were not surprised. The real question is not why the school board has decided to close so many schools but why it took them so long.

Strange Bedfellows

Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right

Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right

Tale of Two Cities

Why do minorities do so well in Raleigh and so poorly in Syracuse?

Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City

Supreme Modesty

From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly

From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly

Court Mandates on School Funding Sharply Decline

Since 2005, there have been important adequacy case decisions in over a dozen states, and in none of them have the courts required further funding increases. Several courts, when deciding new adequacy cases, have either dismissed them based on separation of powers grounds or have ruled against the plaintiffs on the merits following a trial.

By Alfred A. Lindseth and    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Voters Choose Neighborhood Schools over Socioeconomic Diversity

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 29) about Wake County, North Carolina, where voters earlier this month elected new school board members who have pledged to undo the county’s controversial policy of assigning students to schools based on income (to achieve diversity).

Colorado Supreme Court Jumps into the Abyss of School Finance

Colorado’s state Supreme Court defied national trends on Monday, handing down a decision in Lobato v. State that thrusts the judiciary into the middle of the state’s educational finance disputes.

From Courthouse to Schoolhouse

Is the involvement of courts an obstacle to school reform, or an asset? A new book, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education, edited by two Ed Next bloggers, Marty West and Josh Dunn, attempts to address this broad topic in a comprehensive way.

The Lost Art of Book Reviewing: Editors Defend School Money Trials

The academic book review is a lost art. In days gone by, one could count on fellow scholars to lay out the books’ argument, skewer it, then identify a laundry list of factual errors that demonstrate the author was careless or worse.

The Supreme Court Gets School Funding Right

One sleeper in the flurry of decisions at the end of the last U.S. Supreme Court term has to be the decision in Horne v. Flores, a long-running Arizona case about funding special programs for English Language Learners (ELL). In overturning lower court decisions calling for continued court-ordered school spending without regard to student outcomes, the Court may lead to a new era of more rational and effective court involvement in school funding policies.

By Alfred Lindseth and    Blog, Courts and Law, Editorial  

Law and Disorder in the Classroom

Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise

Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise

Principals and Teachers Unaware That Courts Defer to Schools When It Comes to Discipline

Courts have given school authorities broad powers over student discipline. So why do students act as if they’re entitled to so many legal protections—and why do principals and teachers grant them? A new study, released today on the Education Next website, finds that federal and state courts have increasingly sided with schools in student discipline […]

Will Horne v. Flores Affect School Finance Litigation?

Video: Eric Hanushek talks with Education Next about the recent Supreme Court decision on school spending in Arizona, and considers the ruling’s impact on state school finance litigation.

New Education Next Forum: Is There a Connection between School Spending and Student Achievement? Should Courts Decide?

U. S. Supreme Court decision puts issue on front burner for states. Read the full article, Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindseth and Michael Rebell.

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses

Video: Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoovers Task Force on K12 Education Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek discuss Hanushek’s new book Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses.

Another Lemon

Florida’s public school establishment could hardly have a better friend than Florida’s courts.

Florida’s charters under attack

Finding the Right Remedy

When court-ordered magnet schools don't work, try charters

When court-ordered magnet schools don't work, try charters

By Nathan Glazer    Books, Courts and Law, Features  

Timeout

Schools Win in Court

Schools Win in Court

Language Barriers

Arizonans battle federal court order to spend more

Arizonans battle federal court order to spend more

Court Jousters

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Free and Appropriate

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Doubtful Jurisprudence

Court offers schools little guidance

Court offers schools little guidance

Adequately Fatigued

Court rulings disappoint plaintiffs

Court rulings disappoint plaintiffs

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