What We’re Watching: AEI Event on Cage-Busting Leadership

Chris Barbic, Deb Gist, Kaya Henderson, Adrian Manuel, and Michelle Rhee were at AEI to discuss Rick Hess’s new book on the constraints education leaders face (and imagine).

By Education Next    Governance and Leadership, Video  

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools higher grade than others do

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

The Edu-Capture of NCLB

Is it right to set lower standards of academic performance for students from minority groups?

Obama the Education Spending Hawk

It’s a safe bet that an Obama victory will mean more federal funding for education than would a Romney victory. But, either way, federal edu-spending is going to be on a lean diet for a good, long while.

Let a New Teacher-Union Debate Begin

Examining the power—and the impact—of education’s 800-pound gorilla

Obama Administration and K-12: The Good and the Bad

We’re rolling into the final sprint to the election; this makes it a good time to look back at what the Obama administration has done with its time in office.

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

Behind the Headline: Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court GOP Too

On Top of the News Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court GOP Too New York Times| 9/25/12 Behind the Headline The Long Reach of Teachers’ Unions Education Next| Fall 2010 In this morning’s New York Times, Motoko Rich writes about the growth in donations made by teachers unions to support Republican candidates. Mike Antonucci had an […]

The Chicago Strike’s Silver Lining

What this episode demonstrated was that what teacher unions care about has practically nothing to do with what’s good for the kids and everything to do with what teachers want for themselves.

The Fear Factor: Merit Pay with a Punch

The new CTU contract will not have “phony” merit pay (differentiated pay) but will have the “real” thing (school autonomy).

What the Chicago Strike is Really About

The unions are feeling whipsawed by tectonic shifts that have occurred within the Democratic Party in recent years.

Conflict is Unavoidable

There are times when the interests of the teachers and those of the broader public are not the same.

Maintenance of Inefficiency

School district officials who have attempted to do more with less have been stymied by federal maintenance-of-effort requirements for special education.

Flap in Virginia Shows Reformers’ Fealty to Ideology over Implementation

No Child Left Behind’s aspirational aims were more effective as rhetoric than as an accountability regime.

Why the Latest Race to the Top Competition Matters

The Department of Education’s latest foray into digital learning is a big deal.

Even with Limited Leverage, Uncle Sam Can Promote School Choice

Romney’s plan to voucherize Title I and IDEA has considerable merit—but it’s not the only way the federal government could foster school choice and it might not even be the best way.

Do We Need National Standards to Prevent a Race to the Bottom?

If a race to the bottom is fueled by the desire to satisfy federal bureaucratic rules, why would we think the solution is in the adoption of more federal bureaucratic rules?

‘Vouchers Unspoken,’ Predictable—But Unproductive

Whatever its other virtues or defects, Romney’s plan should be debated on the basis of what it actually proposes—and not a politically-colored version thereof.

Innosight Institute’s Comments on Race to the Top District Draft

We hope that Race to the Top-District competition encourages substantive student-centered reform, and in order to ensure this clear purpose we have a few suggested revisions.

What We’re Watching: The Teacher Unions Image Problem

Paul Peterson talks with the Wall Street Journal about a new survey showing that the public is turning against teachers unions.

Another Real Winner in Wisconsin—Real Clear Politics

My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble. So I watched the news last night with a worried eye after CNN told me that the exit polls in Wisconsin showed a tight race.

Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem

On Top of the News Peterson, Howell and West: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem Wall Street Journal | 6/4/12 Behind the Headline The Public Weighs in on School Reform Education Next  | Fall 2011 A new public opinion survey finds that the percentage of people taking a negative view of teacher unions is growing, […]

What We’re Watching: Mike Petrilli on Romney’s Education Platform

Ed Next editor Mike Petrilli talks with the Wall Street Journal about how Mitt Romney compares to Barack Obama on education.

By Education Next    Government and Politics, Video  

A Race to Fix Education Governance?

How very refreshing, even exhilarating, the inclusion of superintendents and boards in a results-based accountability system.

The Romney Education Plan: Replacing Federal Overreach on Accountability with Federal Overreach on School Choice

A better idea might be to take a page from the Obama Administration handbook and make funding portability voluntary.

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