Having served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014, I have had an inside view into efforts to improve Newark’s struggling school system.
Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools
Making sense of the conflict
The MCPS curriculum is weak when it comes to content in science and extremely weak in history.
The trickle downward of university curricular mischief into our schools and other institutions continues unabated, and it’s not a problem that the College Board alone can solve.
An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a new book edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Sousa
A conversation with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier
A compelling play on the wrong stage?
It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods
Accountability lags for online options
Common Core will not lead to a national curriculum. Local control is alive and well, as it should be. But that’s not to say anything goes in the Common Core era or that changes to teaching and learning aren’t needed.
School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.
Offering noncollege options to students
Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.
As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.
Teachers who seek to improve their own practice are primarily guided by common sense, intuition, word of mouth, personal experience, ideologically laden ideas about progressive or traditional instruction, the guidance of mentors, and folk wisdom—not a body of knowledge and practice that has been rigorously tested for its efficacy.
The cost of college has been rising at an unsustainable rate. The federal government has tried to soften the impact of these increases on families and students by providing more assistance in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits.
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?
Today’s guidelines announced in Baltimore by the Justice and Education Departments brings the tortured logic of disparate impact to school discipline.
The performance of students in urban districts is distressingly low.
Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.
The film American Promise, which opened in D.C. on November 1, surfaces many of difficult issues at the intersection of race, class, and gender.
It is increasingly hard to sustain the argument that test-based measures have no role to play in teacher evaluations.
A review of First Class:The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School, by Alison Stewart
If we want to help disadvantaged urban kids, we must stop propping up the failed urban district.