What We’re Watching: Beware of Experts — Especially in Education Policy

In this 60-second video produced by AEI, Rick Hess reminds reformers to be skeptical because trusting the experts doesn’t always work out well in education policy.

What We’re Watching: Can We Bridge the Research-to-Policy Divide?

On June 15, 2017 at 10 am, the Fordham Institute will host a discussion about why education research and education policy are often disconnected and what can be done to fix this.

What We’re Watching: The Changing Politics of Education

Marty West, Randi Weingarten, Shavar Jeffries, and Lindsey Burke took part in a panel discussion on the changing politics of education at this week’s Education Writers Association conference in Washington, D.C.

What We’re Watching: Contract-Based Accountability for All Public Schools?

What if all public schools were held accountable through contracts that gave them freedom in return for results?

What We’re Watching: Silicon Valley Billionaires Created AltSchool

In this video from Business Insider, former Google executive Max Ventilla talks about why he founded AltSchool.

What We’re Watching: Teaching Kids Controversy

This afternoon (Monday, May 15, 2017) at 4 pm, CATO hosts an event featuring Jonathan Zimmerman, coauthor of the new book The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools.

What We’re Watching: Lessons Learned From the Common Core

What lessons can education reformers learn from the development and implementation of the Common Core? Rick Hess and Chris Minnich (of the Council of Chief State School Officers) discuss that question in this 20-minute video.

What We’re Watching: A $20 Billion Federal School Choice Tax Credit Program

On Tuesday, April 25th, the Fordham Institute, Education Next and the Hoover Institution hosted two discussions on what a $20 billion federal school choice tax-credit program could look like.

What We’re Watching: What Do We Know About the Effects of Pre-K?

On Monday, April 17 at 9 am, Brookings will host a discussion of the state of knowledge on pre-K education.

What We’re Watching: Updating Accountability Systems for Urban Schools

On Monday, April 10 at 9 am, Andy Smarick will host an event at AEI to discuss his paper on how states might apply charter-style accountability to district-run schools.

What We’re Watching: The Problem of Big ‘R’ School Reform

Rick Hess explains why massive, top-down school reforms don’t work in this 60-second video.

What We’re Watching: Ashley LiBetti Mitchel on Charter Schools and Pre-K Programs

Ashley LiBetti Mitchell discusses her recent article on charter schools that offer pre-K programs in this episode of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

What We’re Watching: Senator Lamar Alexander at AEI

On Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30 am, Sen. Lamar Alexander will deliver a keynote address about the Every Student Succeeds Act at AEI.

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.”

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: 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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