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.

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.

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.

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

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Those Taking Charge at U.S. Department of Ed

Donald Trump’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education should keep these in mind.

Uncle Sam and America’s Schools in the Trump Administration

The most important question for any incoming Republican president is, “Are you hoping to advance particular programs or a steady, coherent conservative philosophy?”

“Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”: Why State Chiefs Should Do Both

To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.

Twenty Questions for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s New Education Secretary

It’s going to be important for the press, and for the Senate HELP committee, to ask a lot of questions to understand where she and the President who chose her plan to take federal education policy

Protecting and Promoting the Use of Evidence in the Regulatory Process

The regulatory process provides a unique opportunity for researchers and the public at large to engage with policy. We should take advantage of it, in any administration.

How States Should Redesign Their Accountability Systems Under ESSA

States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.

Filling the Dozen Top Jobs in Trump’s Department of Education

Here are some of the names I’d love to see considered for a dozen of the top jobs.

Donald Trump Won. What Does That Mean for Education Policy?

Here are my 11 reflections on what this means and predictions for what might happen.

Pence, Trump, and the Ed Reform Agenda

With Donald Trump set to enter the Oval Office, Vice President-elect Michael Pence seems likely to shape the federal role in education for the next four years.

Now What?

What does this political earthquake mean for education policy?

Trump Happened

What does this mean for education? We’ll have to see who gets named to key policy positions in the White House and the Department of Education.

What You Need to Know about ED’s Proposed Rule on Title I Supplement-Not-Supplant

Requiring that districts move closer to equal spending across schools may simply shift high-cost but less effective resources to students in need.

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