New Schools in New Orleans

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

Re-Imagining Local Control

Writing last week in the Wall Street Journal, Diane Ravitch challenged resurgent Congressional Republicans to return K-12 education to “local control” and to repudiate and reverse the nationalizing/federalizing tendencies of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core standards, etc.

Toothless Reform?

If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work

Total Student Load

Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL

Tale of Two Cities

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

In the Wake of the Storm

How vouchers came to the Big Easy

Demography as Destiny?

Hispanic student success in Florida

Brighter Choices in Albany

Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.

Time for School?

When the snow falls, test scores also drop

A Recession for Schools

Not as bad as it sounds

Lost Opportunities

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

The Accidental Principal

What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

The Turnaround Fallacy

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

D.C.’s Braveheart

Can Michelle Rhee wrest control of the D.C. school system from decades of failure?

Fraud in the Lunchroom?

Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty

Accountability Overboard

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms

New Ed Next Podcast: Voters Choose Neighborhood Schools over Socioeconomic Diversity

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week 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). Click here to get to the podcast.

Backlash Against Teacher Firings in D.C. Tests Rhee’s Political Strength

It’s hard to tell whether Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee courts controversy or is merely dogged by it. Either way, Rhee once again finds herself in the thick of it, just as her school-improvement efforts are starting to take hold and Washington had begun to exhale over her stick-it-in-your-eye style.

By June Kronholz (Guest Blogger)    Blog, Editorial, Governance and Leadership  

Will Michelle Rhee Triumph?

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 14) about education politics in Washington, D.C., where Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee recently fired 229 teachers.

Education Next Profiles D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?

By Education Next    Governance and Leadership, Press  

Inside Look at School Boards

Readers who have enjoyed Peter Meyer’s Ed Next blog entries about serving on his local school board (here, here, and here) should check out Peter’s Commentary in this week’s Ed Week: For Better Schools and for Civic Life, Boards Must Assert Power.

The List

The other day I delivered to my school board president, via email, a list. “This is what I found in my ‘followup’ folder for just the last month!” I wrote. “Obviously, we can’t get it all in at a single meeting, but can we chip away at it?”

School Board as Cheerleader, Leader, and Micromanager

I recently got a wake-up call from a fellow school board member, upset about a comment I made to a reporter that turned up in a page-one story that morning. Was it a mistake? And should I have talked about it? To the press?

No Country for Strong Men

California unions tame the Terminator

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