What We’re Watching: Busting the School Bureaucracy

Today (Thursday) at 4 pm, Rick Hess and a panel of expert teachers will talk about how teachers can bust out of the “cage” of misguided policies, inattentive administrators, and inadequate funding.

EdNext Podcast: ESSA — What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?

EdNext Podcast: Will Students with Disabilities Receive Meaningful Benefits?

On January 11, 2017 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most important special education case in thirty-five years, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. At issue was the level of services federal law requires school districts to provide students with disabilities. Marty West discusses the case with Josh Dunn, Ed Next’s legal beat columnist.

What We’re Watching: Taking the Measure of Charter School Students

On February 7, AEI hosted a discussion about new research on how the student compositions of charter and traditional public schools differ.

EdNext Podcast: Fixing Math Remediation

A new study finds that allowing students to skip remedial algebra and go right into a college-level statistics course has long-term benefits.

What We’re Listening To: The Search for Education Equity in California

NPR’s 1A program looks at the future of school funding, with a focus on California’s latest efforts to equalize spending on schools.

What We’re Watching: Race, Social Justice and School Reform at AEI

On January 25, 2017 AEI hosted a discussion of race, social justice, and school reform that was inspired by a forum in Education Next titled “Education reform’s race debate.”

EdNext Podcast: Match Beyond Coaches Students to a College Degree

Mike Larsson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Match Beyond, talks with Marty West about how his program helps low-income students overcome the obstacles that prevent many from finishing college.

What We’re Watching: What Can Washington Learn From Recent School Voucher Studies?

On February 2, Fordham hosted a discussion on the findings of recent studies of the impact of using vouchers to attend private school.

What We’re Watching: Marty West on the DeVos Confirmation Hearing

EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West recently appeared on the Harvard EdCast to discuss Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing.

EdNext Podcast: DeVos and Detroit Schools

Depending on your news source, you might not realize that charter schools are actually outperforming district schools in Detroit.

What We’re Watching: Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program Survives Teacher Union’s Attempt to Kill It

Paul E. Peterson discusses his pick for Choice Media’s Story of the Day.

EdNext Podcast: What Went Wrong with Obama’s Teacher Evaluation Reform?

The efforts by the Obama administration to promote changes in the way teachers are evaluated have paid off in some ways but backfired in others.

What We’re Watching: A New Federal Push on Private School Choice?

On January 18, 2017, Fordham and Hoover hosted a discussion of three of the options policymakers might consider as they try to launch a school choice program.

EdNext Podcast: What to Expect from Betsy DeVos’s Confirmation Hearing

With Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing rescheduled for January 17, EdNext’s Marty West talks with Mike McShane, the author of a new profile of the Education secretary designee, about what to expect.

What We’re Watching: What Will be Obama’s Lasting Education Legacy?

PBS NewsHour talks with Ed Week’s Alyson Klein and Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik about the future of the education policies promoted by President Obama and his education secretaries.

EdNext Podcast: Howard Fuller on Betsy DeVos and School Choice

EdNext’s Marty West asks Howard Fuller about his reaction to the election results, his thoughts on Betsy DeVos, and what supporters of school choice can do now.

EdNext Podcast: Making Sense of 2016

2016 was a year of surprises. AEI’s Andy Smarick highlights the themes of the past year through a selection articles that best explain the outcome of the election and more.

What We’re Watching: How Much Autonomy? A School Choice Debate

In this debate, Robert Pondiscio and Peter Cunningham consider how much regulation should accompany government-funded school choice.

What We’re Watching: The Politics of Education Reform at #EIE16

This panel discussion on politics attracted a standing-room-only crowd at last week’s national summit on education reform organized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

EdNext Podcast: How Does Parental Satisfaction Vary Across School Sectors?

Two new studies compare the views of charter school parents to the views of private school and district school parents.

What We’re Watching: How Do Parental Perceptions of Schools Vary Across Sectors?

On December 13 we hosted a D.C. event looking at data from two surveys on what parents say about charter, district and private schools.

What We’re Watching: What Would You Change About Public Education?

At last week’s National Summit on Education Reform, sponsored by ExcelinEd, speakers were asked what one thing they would like to change about public education in the U.S.

EdNext Podcast: School Suspensions and Teacher Race

Students of color are suspended more often than their white peers, but the rates of suspension and expulsion change when students have a teacher of the same race.

EdNext Podcast: Charter Schools for the Preschool Set

Why has it taken so long for charter schools to start serving kids younger than kindergarten?

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