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.

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.

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