For all their differences, George W. Bush and Barack Obama shared a surprisingly common approach to school reform: a regulatory approach.
If these rules are put into place, districts will face several incentives at odds with helping disadvantaged students.
The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is moving to revamp the “overtime rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This could have a big impact on programs that depend on the passionate commitment of small staffs.
One reason that Trump makes political veteran observers so nervous is that he could very well be elected President of the United States, and yet no one has any idea of what he’d attempt to do in office.
From Evidence-based Programs to an Evidence-based System: Opportunities Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
A series of provisions in the new education law encourage the use of evidence to inform the kinds of decisions states are now empowered to make.
The new law retains NCLB’s federal framework for testing while getting the federal government out of the business of trying to judge teacher or school quality or how to “fix” schools.
The sooner schools see building knowledge across the curriculum as Job One in strengthening reading comprehension, the better.
With NCLB reauthorization taking another step forward, I’m again hearing the refrain that states won’t back away from school accountability when they’re not forced to by the feds.
ESSA doesn’t come close to getting it all right, but it’s a vast improvement on NCLB and the status quo.
Conventional formula-based programs can divvy up dollars evenly, but they don’t change behavior much. The right kind of competitive grant, however, allows the federal government to set a priority while enabling state and local direction and innovation.
If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.
We might see some significant education action in DC come 2017, but it’s unlikely to get much of a preview on the 2016 trail.
Why Did President Obama Appoint John King as “Acting” Education Secretary Rather Than Put Him Through the Senate Confirmation Process?
As Arne Duncan exits, another missed opportunity for bipartisanship
In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.
Five good reasons federalism is so important in education
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
If the ESEA renewal processes gets across the finish line, the federal government will have much less power than it does today.
Next week’s Education Summit in New Hampshire will give voters a chance to learn about the Republican candidates’ views on education.
Schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District, a special state-run district set up to try to turn around some of the state’s lowest-performing schools, achieved test score gains greater than the state average this year.
If those in our nation’s capital want to modify federal education policy along lines preferred by the public at large, they will enact a law that resembles the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan’s Wrong Turn on Reform: How Federal Dollars Fueled the Testing Backlash
In an article for The 74, the new reform-oriented education news website launched by Campbell Brown, Matt Barnum looks at the impact of the Obama administration’s decision, in 2009, to push states applying for Race to the Top funds to come up with ways to evaluate all teachers based in part on student test scores.
Win or lose, states enacted education reforms