Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.
Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state
After the Secretary promised to provide states wide latitude in implementing ESSA, the DeVos team seems to be misreading the law, the substantive issues, and the politics.
While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.
What the Obama administration’s signature reform got wrong
To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.
Cerf says that reforming a school system is difficult, but the evidence suggests that it can pay off.
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?
Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope
Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 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.
Win or lose, states enacted education reforms
New superintendents routinely propose agendas that are full to bursting. As a result, local educators get deluged with new proposals.
The story of New Orleans’ success entails two parts: a disaster that created room to reinvent a deeply troubled urban school system and an energetic commitment to seize that opportunity.
Districts are currently unwittingly hostile to school-level innovation. For that to change, they must aggressively work to change the incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.
Mike Petrilli interviews Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim about their new book.
Advice for superintendents on how to survive the education reform wars
Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.
What the city needs is a portfolio manager for its schools.
There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.
A new study uses survey data from 900 school board members in 419 school districts.
Emanuel battles to improve Chicago schools
If the state board of education accepts this plan, things will never be the same. It will be a state-led initiative to replace the urban district as the delivery system for public schooling, thereby breaking with 100 years of history.