The Education Exchange: Racial Diversity in a Boston Charter School

Boston Collegiate Charter School is the most diverse school in Boston. Paul E. Peterson talks with Richard Whitmire about what makes the school so special and how the school has managed to attract such a diverse population.

EdNext Podcast: Charter Schools in the Real Wild West

In many western states, charter schools operate with little regulation or oversight. Matt Ladner joins Marty West on the podcast to defend this approach to charter school policy.

The Education Exchange: Can District-Charter Collaborations Succeed?

Conflict between school districts and charter schools is not inevitable, argues Ashley Jochim. Paul Peterson talks with Jochim about the factors that allow some school districts to collaborate with charter schools.

EdNext Podcast: Spillover Effects of Charter Schools

The political debate over charter schools often turns on their impact on students in traditional district schools. Marty West talks with Sarah Cordes about her new research on this topic.

The Education Exchange: School District Turnaround in Massachusetts

State interventions to improve struggling local school districts have a mixed record, but in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a state takeover seems to be turning things around.

Paul E. Peterson talks with Beth Schueler about her new report, “School District Turnaround: Learning from Leadership in Lawrence, Massachusetts.”

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Access and Innovation

At a Senate HELP committee hearing on innovation and improving access to higher ed, Mike Larsson testified about Match Beyond, a program which helps students from low-income households earn college degrees at affordable prices.

EdNext Podcast: Local Funds for Charter Schools

Charter schools have long fought to get their fair share of per pupil funding. Parker Baxter joins Marty West to discuss how two states have passed breakthrough laws mandating that charters have equitable access to local funds.

What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency

At a hearing on student debt held last week by the Senate HELP Committee, Matt Chingos suggested some changes to the way student loans work.

The Education Exchange: Is America More Divided than Ever?

Morris Fiorina joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, which aims to correct the widespread assumption that Americans today are more polarized than ever.

What We’re Watching: School Discipline Reform – Hard Lessons from the Front Lines

On January 25 at 4 pm, the Fordham Institute will host a debate on school discipline reform. The focus will be on the impact of policies aimed at reducing suspensions.

EdNext Podcast: How School Buildings Impact Teacher Collaboration

James Spillane joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how school administrators can use classroom assignments to promote teacher interaction, which is the subject of his new article, “The Schoolhouse Network.”

The Education Exchange: A Dream of Equality

Gerard Robinson joins Paul Peterson to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the work of improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

What We’re Watching: Bush-Obama School Reform — Lessons Learned

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, AEI hosted a conference on the past two decades of school reform. Panels discussed what we have learned about accountability, policy instruments, and Washington’s role.

EdNext Podcast: Top EdNext Stories of 2017

EdNext editor in chief Marty West and senior editor Paul E. Peterson discuss the top Education Next articles of 2017.

The Education Exchange: School Choice, Test Scores, and Non-Cognitive Skills

Some recent studies of the impact of school choice have found only a limited impact on academic achievement but larger positive effects on long-term outcomes like attainment and earnings. What could account for this? In this episode of the podcast, Paul talks with Marty West about his new working paper on the impact of school choice on non-cognitive skills.

EdNext Podcast: Later School Start Times for Teens in Boston

Earlier this month, the Boston School Committee announced that it would start high schools later and elementary schools earlier so that teenagers can get the sleep they need. Marty West talks with Finley Edwards, the author of “Do Schools Begin Too Early?” about his findings that later school start times increase student achievement in math and reading and have many other benefits.

The Education Exchange: Dispelling Myths about CTE

What kind of students choose career and technical education? In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with Albert Cheng, the author of a new paper that finds that the students who choose CTE may not be as engaged in their academic courses but have strong non-cognitive skills. Other studies find that CTE may boost attainment and improve labor market outcomes for students.

EdNext Podcast: Why This Mom Sent Her Son to a Chinese School

Lenora Chu, an American journalist, decided to send her son to a local public school when she and her family relocated to Shanghai. In this episode of the podcast, she talks with Marty West about what she learned about the Chinese education system, which is also the topic of her new book, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve.

The Education Exchange: Chris Cerf on a New Chapter for School Reform in Newark

The state of New Jersey is returning to the city of Newark the power to run its school system. Chris Cerf, who served as state superintendent of New Jersey and then district superintendent of Newark, joins Paul Peterson to talk about the changes that have taken place in the Newark school district and what lies ahead.

Last year, EdNext published “Continuing Change in Newark: To Protect Reform, Chris Cerf Builds Collaborative Relationships,” by Richard Lee Colvin.

What We’re Watching: How Did Massachusetts Pull Off Its Educational Miracle?

On December 7, 2017, Fordham hosted a discussion with David Driscoll, the man behind many of the reforms that led to the Massachusetts Miracle, and the author of a new book, Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts.

What We’re Watching: Rural Education in America – Challenges and Promise

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 9 am, AEI hosts a day-long research conference on rural education.

What We’re Watching: A Little Help Goes a Long Way in Doubling the Community College Grad Rates

Soledad O’Brien reports on the ASAP program, an innovative program of wrap-around support services launched at CUNY.

EdNext Podcast: How Teacher Expectations Directly Impact Students

The expectations teachers have for how far students will go with their education have an impact on how much education those students actually complete. And white teachers have lower expectations for black students than for similarly situated white students.

To better understand these dynamics, Marty West talks with Seth Gershenson about his new study, “The Power of Teacher Expectations: How racial bias hinders student attainment,” co-authored with Nicholas Papageorge.

What We’re Watching: Examining the State Role in Financing Public Schools

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Urban Institute hosted a panel discussion on school finance policies and inequality.

The Education Exchange: How Safe Do Students Feel in School?

Daniel Hamlin talks with Paul E. Peterson about his research on whether there’s any difference in student perception of safety between district and charter schools in Detroit.

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