What We’re Watching: Improving Federal Student Aid

Earlier this week, Matt Chingos testified at a hearing on “Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students” before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.”

EdNext Podcast: Designing a Blended Learning School

What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.

EdNext Podcast: Should Schools Close When Snow Falls?

EdNext’s Marty West talks with Josh Goodman, the author of “In Defense of Snow Days,” about research showing that declaring a snow day is better for students in the long run.

EdNext Podcast: Rebooting Professional Development

Can professional development for teachers be personalized? Michael Horn joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss a new way of doing professional development. Teachers identify the skills they want to acquire, receive specialized training, and are certified as having these new competencies, receiving a micro-credential, something akin to a merit badge.

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.

EdNext Podcast: What Could We Expect on Ed From a Justice Gorsuch?

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has been poring over Neil Gorsuch’s opinions as a federal judge to learn how he might approach the steady stream of education cases that inevitably make their way before the Supreme Court.

What We’re Watching: Busting the School Bureaucracy

Rick Hess and a panel of expert teachers 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: Intelligence Squared Debate on Charter Schools

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the resolution “charter schools are overrated.”

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.

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