Behind the Headline: Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools

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Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools
11/18/14 | The Atlantic

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Arne Duncan’s Office of Civil Rights: Six Years of Meddling
10/27/14| Education Next blog

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division is taking on tracking and ability grouping in school districts where they lead to unequal racial representation in high-level classes, charging that black students are not being provided an equal opportunity to participate in advanced learning opportunities.

Mike Petrilli argues that these and other actions by the Office of Civil Rights show a disregard for the notion that federal power is limited by our Constitution:  illustrate an almost endless faith in federal bureaucrats’ ability to intervene effectively and positively in faraway places; and disadvantage the poor and minority children who deserve our greatest support.

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Education Innovation: Lessons from Latin America

By Guest Blogger 11/21/2014 0 Comments

Perhaps the most surprising recent phenomenon in Latin America has been the extent to which entrepreneurs, companies, and investors, are getting involved in education.

Behind the Headline: Jeb Bush Speech Will Add to 2016 Election Intrigue

By 11/19/2014 0 Comments

On Thursday, Jeb Bush will give a speech in Washington, D.C. at his think tank’s annual conference.

How To Get Blended Learning Right

By 11/19/2014 0 Comments

What happens when reformers try to use blended learning in a disruptive way in the hardest-to-serve parts of Detroit?

Cami Anderson and the Forces of Unreason

By 11/19/2014 0 Comments

Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.

Behind the Headline: How Strict Is Too Strict?

By 11/19/2014 0 Comments

Is the strictness and attention to detail of these ‘No Excuses’ schools a good fit for high school students?

Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?

Courts have yet to reach a final verdict on teacher tenure and seniority rights, but the court of public opinion has already made a clear determination.

New Waiver Guidance Will Sink Schools Where All Boats Are Rising

Because there are achievement gaps at Sawgrass Elementary School, the folks in Washington don’t think this school deserves an A.

Teachers’ Unions Support Local Collective Bargaining…Except When it Comes to Their Pensions

By 11/18/2014 0 Comments

Teachers might prefer a different arrangement than current state pension plans, but they don’t really have a voice in those decisions.

Mixed Results for Arizona’s Charter Schools

Charter schools vary more in their impact on student performance on state tests than traditional public schools; there are more charters with very large positive or very large negative test-score impacts than there are traditional public schools with such extreme outcomes.

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