Winter 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 1
Paul Vallas pays the price of leadership
How Chicago reversed its descent
Teaching students how to read the classics
Education Matters: Selected Essays by Alan B. Krueger
The GED; value-added testing; and California accountability
Illustration by Chris Gall. Few urban school superintendents remain in place for long nowadays. According to the Council of the Great City Schools, they last an average of 2.5 years. Like mythological children sent to appease the ravening monster, the chief education officers are ready sacrifices offered up when things go badly. Replacing the person [...]
Do Charter Schools Measure Up? The Charter School Experiment After 10 Years by the American Federation of Teachers
Has U.S. leadership come to an end?
Illustration by Noah Woods. As the first large urban school district to introduce a comprehensive accountability system, Chicago provides an exceptional case study of the effects of high-stakes testing-a reform strategy that will become omnipresent as the No Child Left Behind Act is implemented nationwide. One of the most serious criticisms of high-stakes testing is [...]
The missionaries in public schools
Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman was among the first (John Stuart Mill made a similar proposal 100 years earlier) to propose that the financing of education be separated from the administration of schools, the core idea behind school vouchers. In a famous 1955 essay, Friedman argued that there is no need for government to run [...]
The story behind Philadelphia’s Edison contract
Special education has its problems, but they mainly follow from the failure of schools to comply fully with the law
Illustration by Elizabeth Lada. In a recent report for the Abell Foundation, Kalman R. Hettleman documented the troubled history of special education in the Baltimore public school system. He attributed the failure to “the compliance maze” that special education teachers and administrators face, which consists of “ever-proliferating procedures, forms to be filled out, micro-managed administrative [...]
Can special ed be held accountable too?
The charter school movement will need to overcome a raft of political obstacles and high-profile scandals
Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?
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