The Connection between Choice and Humility

In New Orleans, we no longer have to argue about “What is the perfect school?” There is no perfect school. At best, there are perfect matches—situations where a student finds that exact environment where she can thrive.

The Missouri Compromise

The U.S. Department of Education’s waiver guidelines do not allow state education agencies to use the fairest type of growth model, but there is a way to get around that.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Immaculate Conception School

Dayton’s Immaculate Conception School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.

Two Graphs on Urban Teachers and Their (Lack of) Pensions

The majority of teachers in these cities do not remain in the same district long enough to qualify for even a minimal pension, and only a very tiny fraction of teachers stay long enough to receive a pension that would be sufficient for a stable retirement.

The Big Apple’s Chance to Course-Correct on Testing

Those who follow New York City schools have been witnessing a time-honored ritual — pro-testing school reformers have mightily overreached, inviting pushback that’s now poised to dismantle much of their useful handiwork.

Lies, Damned Lies, and the Common Core

If you want to understand why supporters of the Common Core are frustrated—OK, exasperated—by some of our opponents’ seemingly unlimited willingness to engage in dishonest debate, consider this latest episode.

Are New York’s New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core?

As an advocate for struggling learners, I support the Common Core. Why? For these students, there’s nothing more effective than high expectations and accountability. The Common Core is tough love.

Choosing the Right Growth Measure

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

California Pension Reform: An Interview With San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

Will states and cities facing skyrocketing costs find a way to protect the retirement benefits that people have already earned while making changes to the way benefits are earned in the future?

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Five Case Studies from Ohio

Private schools that accept voucher students struggle to make ends meet, but are strikingly mission focused, often with a crusader’s zeal to educate every child that comes through their door, bearing a voucher or not.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Youngstown Christian School

This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”

Charter Lessons for School Choice, Including Accountability via Authorizers

Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.

Executive Action I Can Support: Weighted Lotteries for Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the Public Charter Schools Program that will allow charters to use “weighted lotteries” without forfeiting their chance to receive federal start-up funds.

Utilizing Charter Schooling Strengthens Rural Education

Better policy alone won’t expand the public-school options available to rural kids. Charter advocates need to better understand rural communities—their strengths, challenges, hopes, and fears.

Nuances of School Choice

What does it mean to support school choice? A wide variety of programs fall under the umbrella of “school choice,” and some are better than others.

The Principled Opposition to Common Core

George Will’s column isn’t the real story here. It’s what the column represents: the quiet but growing and hardening principled opposition to Common Core.

Am I Being Consistent on Testing Requirements?

I would be happy opposing state testing requirements for all schools (choice and traditional public) if those schools had some reasonable mechanism for accountability.

Testing Requirements Hurt Choice

State testing makes choice schools look worse than they really are, and there’s no evidence that state testing requirements improve outcomes or ensure quality.

Illinois Pension Reform: An Interview With State Senator Daniel Biss

Illinois recently passed pension reform legislation with robust bipartisan support. Here’s how and why it happened.

The Problem With ‘Bad Voucher Schools Aren’t a Problem’

Students receiving publicly funded scholarships or vouchers should take state assessments and that the results should be reported publicly.

The Common Coring of Private Schools

Though Fordham’s accountability plan for voucher schools is well-intentioned, their justifications are unpersuasive and their proposal is more likely to do harm than good.

Information Fuels Support for School Reform

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter

Other countries have shown that it is possible to improve. While changing achievement might be difficult, there is ample evidence that it is critical to the U.S. future.

Pension Reform vs. the ‘California Rule’

Cities and states faced with rising pension costs have begun to search for the most effective way to balance retirement promises made to workers with the need for fiscal sustainability and employer flexibility.

What We’re Watching: Happy Birthday NCLB!

Mike Petrilli hosts a live webchat with Kathleen Porter-Magee and Matt Chingos on what we’ve learned since No Child Left Behind was signed into law.

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