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?

EdNext Podcast: Will New Orleans’ Education Reforms Stick?

The governing arrangements that made New Orleans a darling of education reformers will soon be a thing of the past. Is this the beginning of the end of the nation’s most promising experiment in non-traditional education governanace?

Trumpcast: What does Trump’s Victory Mean for Education Policy?

Education Next’s Paul E. Peterson and Martin West talk about what education reforms they expect from President-Elect Donald Trump. Will he move on school choice, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Title I portability, charter schools, or something entirely unexpected?

What We’re Watching: What Will the 2016 Election Mean for Education?

On Thursday, November 10, AEI held a panel discussion on how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies.

What We’re Watching: American Public Opinion on K-12 Education Policy

On September 16, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the results of its 10th annual survey of public opinion on K-12 education.

EdNext Podcast: Why Do Field Trips Matter?

Randomized experiments that send some students to visit art musuems and live theater performances find that these field trips help children develop critical thinking skills and values like empathy.

EdNext Podcast: Will Open Educational Resources Disrupt the Textbook Industry?

Teachers can now access a wealth of free resources online—from one image to a whole curriculum. But the growing reliance on open educational resources raises questions—who will produce them, how will they be compensated, how will educators be able to find the best ones, and how will all this affect the market for textbooks?

What We’re Watching: Jeb Bush at Harvard

On October 13, Governor Jeb Bush spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Askwith Forum on new opportunities for state leadership on K-12 education policy

EdNext Podcast: Test Prep or True Learning?

There’s plenty of evidence that students attending “no excuses” charter schools can do extremely well on standardized tests, but do the benefits of this approach to education extend beyond test scores?

EdNext Podcast: What Does the Research Say about School Discipline Policies?

Minority students are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school. What does the research say about the consequences of exclusionary discipline policies and alternatives to it?

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools at Twenty-Five: Humdrum or Revolutionary?

On Wednesday, October 12, Fordham hosted a discussion on the state of charter schooling. Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Whitmire spoke about what has been accomplished, what has been learned, and what the future may hold.

EdNext Podcast: Jeb Bush on Fixing School Accountability

Under ESSA, states have new freedom to design their own accountability systems for schools. Will they innovate or will they retreat from real accountability?

What We’re Watching: Building a Learning Culture in America

A conversation with education reformer Kevin Chavous

On Tuesday at 10 am, AEI will host a conversation between Gerard Robinson and Kevin Chavous about Chavous’s new book, Building a Learning Culture in America.

What We’re Watching: Teachers & Parents: Allies or Opposition in Ed Reform?

As part of the State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting on October 4, a panel discussed the role that teachers and parents play in shaping school policy, including school choice, merit pay, and school spending.

What We’re Watching: The Accountability Movement – Progress or Retreat?

On September 29th, the Manhattan Institute hosted a symposium on the state of the accountability movement.

What We’re Watching: Sara Goldrick-Rab on The Daily Show

Sara Goldrick-Rab was a guest on The Daily Show this week to talk about her new book, Paying the Price, about the cost of higher education, our current system of financial aid, and some strategies for cutting costs.

EdNext Podcast: What Will the Election Mean for Charter Schools?

What voters decide on November 8 will matter for education policy in general and school choice especially. Will federal support for charter schools continue? Will charter schooling remain a bipartisan issue? Who will win the battle over lifting the charter cap in Massachusetts?

What We’re Watching: Economic Segregation and Student Poverty

In this video, NPR’s Cory Turner looks at which states have the most-segregating school district boundaries– borders with the largest difference in child poverty rates from one side to the other.

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools?

In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state’s charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

EdNext Podcast: Bill de Blasio’s Strategy for Fixing New York City’s Public Schools

When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, he launched several new programs to boost student achievement in New York City schools. Has he succeeded in crafting a progressive alternative to predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s “education reform” agenda?

EdNext Podcast: Should School Start Later?

Now that summer vacation is over, American students are trading sleeping in for morning alarms. Are early start times a mistake? Would students perform better in school if classes started later?

What We’re Watching: A School Founder’s History

The 74 is creating an oral history of America’s top charter schools. They’ve posted a series of video interviews with educators, school leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. This video features JoAnn Gama of IDEA Public Schools.

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