The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would show America that bipartisan governance is possible, even in Washington.
The most recent exercise of mission creep and nanny-statism by the Office for Civil Rights involves what the enforcers call “equal access to educational resources.”
Because there are achievement gaps at Sawgrass Elementary School, the folks in Washington don’t think this school deserves an A.
If teachers are the most-important in-school factor for student growth, we certainly don’t act like it.
My admittedly late thoughts on last night’s results.
What candidates running for governor and the U.S. Senate have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K.
There’s been no problem too big or too small for Arne Duncan’s Department of Education to tackle. His Office of Civil Rights has been a prime example of executive overreach and federal interference run amok.
If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
I’d love to see charter associations ask OCR to investigate states that don’t do enough to provide equitable funding to charter schools serving high proportions of poor and minority children.
When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.
Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.
Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.
When the court decides, as it almost certainly has to that, in fact, no one forced Louisiana or any other state to adopt Common Core, the most effective anti-Common Core argument goes, “Poof!”
There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.
What President Obama termed “the most meaningful education reform in a generation” has proven to be more a cautionary tale than a model.
Where is the “plain language” of ESEA that gives the Department of Education the authority to mandate statewide teacher-evaluation systems, particularly for states that want waivers on school accountability. Just as with ObamaCare and the question of whether the federal government is a “state,” the administration won’t have a good answer.
Last summer, Tony Bennett resigned the Florida superintendency when slammed with alleged improprieties from his tenure as Indiana state chief. Last week, he was cleared of all but one very minor charge.
President Obama’s policy will have a predictable effect: eliminating suspensions and expulsions as an option for school administrators.
Will the new federal regulatory scheme lead to real change on the ground?
Our report on reforming state departments of education has generated some very thoughtful responses.
Now that Washington State has lost its waiver and Indiana could be on a path to nonrenewal, we shouldn’t be surprised if people start asking increasingly pointed questions about why other states, similarly noncompliant, haven’t been dinged.
What happens when opponents of the Common Core State Standards finally succeed in getting a state’s policymakers to “repeal” the education initiative?