Wondering about federal education policy in the midst of all this can feel like playing wiffle ball in the middle of a hurricane.
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.
While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.
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.
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.
Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,
Rethinking education research under the Every Student Succeeds Act
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.
Even if SIG achieved the same effects as urban charter schools the study may not have been able to detect these effects.
I don’t know what comes next, but we’ll all be well-served to keep our wits about us.
What the Obama administration’s signature reform got wrong
A long record refutes the radical image of the education secretary
Donald Trump’s political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education should keep these in mind.
The most important question for any incoming Republican president is, “Are you hoping to advance particular programs or a steady, coherent conservative philosophy?”
To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.
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
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.
States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.
Here are some of the names I’d love to see considered for a dozen of the top jobs.
Here are my 11 reflections on what this means and predictions for what might happen.
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.
What does this political earthquake mean for education policy?
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.
Requiring that districts move closer to equal spending across schools may simply shift high-cost but less effective resources to students in need.