Winter 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 1
Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools
The case for single-sex schools
Student learning is seldom a factor in school board elections
Fox TV show doesn’t get it
Make charters a political advantage
Talk radio’s take on K–12 education
Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver’s ProComp Plan. Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp (Harvard Education Press). The authors have delivered a straight-shooting, inside account of the design, politics, and implementation of the much-discussed Denver ProComp teacher pay plan—a plan the Denver Post termed “the nation’s most ambitious.” Widely regarded as the [...]
Fewer slide rules, more paint brushes
Some schools make it work
Court offers schools little guidance
Is accountability the reform of the past?
“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of [...]
The 2008 presidential election stands as a “change” election. The public’s anxiety over the challenges globalization poses to the future of the American Dream is driving a desire for the country to change direction. The American people understand that what will give the nation a competitive advantage in a global marketplace are the skills, creativity, [...]
In the 2000 election, President Bush’s pledge to combat the “soft bigotry of low expectations” was a pillar of his compassionate conservatism and crucial to his razor-thin margin of victory. That election begat the now-controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The law has split the Right between those who cheer accountability and those who [...]
Tax credits down and out in Missouri
The peculiar incentives of teacher pensions
Do schools practice educational triage?
What values do they hold?
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