EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children

But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?

Three Reflections on the NAEP 2017 Talkfest

What the pundits skip over when divining the grand significance of NAEP results.

EdStat: 23 States Said Their Education Agency “Had a Heavier Workload under ESSA than under NCLB”

New research challenges the notion that ESSA has fewer federal regulations than previous iterations of the federal K–12 law.

Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity In Weighted Student Funding Pilot

ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.

Who Signs Your Paycheck?

Federal influence on State Education Agencies

EdStat: Only 36 Percent of the Public Think the Federal Government Should Play the Largest Role in Setting Educational Standards

Opinion has shifted modestly away from federal control toward local control over the past two years.

Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned

Some takeaways from a conference that examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more.

In the News: Is DeVos Near Ending School Discipline Reform After Talks on Race, Safety?

Last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Education met with critics of school discipline policies that were put in place under the Obama administration.

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s Innovation Engine

The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General released a faulty audit of a highly innovative model that complies with both the spirit and letter of the law.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

The Problem with Those Who Cried “Wolf!” on Trump’s Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump’s budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

Rethinking Federal Regulation of Sexual Harassment

The need for deliberation, not demagoguery, in the Age of Trump

EdNext Podcast: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

Pooling data across years and grades may provide an opportunity to include students in accountability systems in cases where subgroup size is otherwise too small.

How Should Racial Disparities in School Discipline Be Investigated?

What journalists, education reformers, and everyone else should understand is that the Obama Administration turned almost everything into a potential civil rights violation.

Godspeed, Mitchell Chester

Mitchell Chester, the longtime Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, a good man, and a true friend, passed away Monday evening.

Is the Trump Education Department Really “Rolling Back” Civil Rights?

Looking behind the hype on sexual assault enforcement

Straight-Up Conversation: Outgoing New Mexico State Chief Hanna Skandera

This week, Hanna Skandera wrapped up her final day after nearly seven years in office. She was one of the nation’s longest-serving state chiefs,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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