Betsy DeVos’s Team Stumbles on ESSA

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.

What’s at Stake for Schools in the Health Care Bill?

Medicaid insulates disadvantaged children from some of the adverse experiences that keep them from succeeding in school.

Agency Fees Could Be Back on Death Row

If the four Supreme Court justices who sided with Friedrichs vote to hear Mark Janus’s case, and if Neil Gorsuch votes according to expectations, agency fees could be dead by the end of the court’s next term.

Picturing Trump as the School Choice Guy

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect that Trump’s energetic support is one of the worst things that could happen to school choice

What We’re Watching: The Changing Politics of Education

Marty West, Randi Weingarten, Shavar Jeffries, and Lindsey Burke took part in a panel discussion on the changing politics of education at this week’s Education Writers Association conference in Washington, D.C.

In the News: Trump Should Capitalize on Vouchers’ Newfound Popularity

In an op-ed for Real Clear Education, Paul Peterson notes that public opinion surveys are finding that public support for vouchers is growing.

Mixed Emotions on Trump’s Education Budget

I had a three-part reaction: it’s not that big a deal; the cuts are generally reasonable and some are even brave; but the budget as a whole is so problematic that I’ve no desire to defend it.

U-turn on Vouchers

Florida courts uphold tax credits

Trump Happened, Part Deux

Wondering about federal education policy in the midst of all this can feel like playing wiffle ball in the middle of a hurricane.

Why Most Teachers Get a Bad Deal on Pensions

State plans create more losers than winners, and many get nothing at all

Education Changes in Trump’s First 100 days

Those who follow federal education policy are well aware of a few big changes wrought by the Trump team, but another quintet of recent ed-related developments in Washington begs for attention.

The End of Teacher Tenure?

Tenure arrived in K–12 education as a trickle-down from higher ed. Will the demise of tenure follow a similar sequence?

American Teachers Unions Oppose Innovative Schools—in Africa

Bridge Academies show promising results in Kenya and Uganda, but unions see them only as a threat.

Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

School Choice and Trump’s Budget

A chat with Martin West

How Civil Rights Enforcement Got Swept Into the Culture Wars, and What a New Administration Can Do About It

The incoming leaders of the civil rights office should demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law by following APA’s notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures.

Letting Federal Data Drive State and Local Policy Under Secretary DeVos

While the appropriate federal role in the policies and practices of local schools is a matter of debate, ensuring transparency through data collection should not be.

EdNext Podcast: What Could We Expect on Ed From a Justice Gorsuch?

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has been poring over Neil Gorsuch’s opinions as a federal judge to learn how he might approach the steady stream of education cases that inevitably make their way before the Supreme Court.

What Title I Portability Would Mean for the Distribution of Federal Education Aid

Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,

Making Evidence Locally

Rethinking education research under the Every Student Succeeds Act

How the U.S. Department of Education Can Foster Education Reform in the Era of Trump and ESSA

By shining a spotlight on states with particularly low student performance, the department can bring attention to the struggles facing public education in these states.

A Weak SIG-nal: Subpar Research Design Means We Don’t Really Know if SIG Worked

Even if SIG achieved the same effects as urban charter schools the study may not have been able to detect these effects.

Strange Days, My Friend

I don’t know what comes next, but we’ll all be well-served to keep our wits about us.

The Teacher Evaluation Revamp, In Hindsight

What the Obama administration’s signature reform got wrong

Betsy DeVos, the (Relatively Mainstream) Reformer

A long record refutes the radical image of the education secretary

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