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What We’re Watching: John Oliver on Charter Schools

Earlier this week, John Oliver ran a segment making fun of charter schools on Last Week Tonight. Nelson Smith, Travis Pillow, and others have responded.


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What We’re Watching: John Oliver on Charter Schools

Earlier this week, John Oliver ran a segment making fun of charter schools on Last Week Tonight. Nelson Smith, Travis Pillow, and others have responded.

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EdNext Podcast: A Closer Look at Public Opinion on School Reform

The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.

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Learning from the International Experience: Conference Photos

In August 2011, Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance co-hosted a conference to examine whether U.S. students are ready to compete in a global economy.

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What We’re Watching: John Oliver on Charter Schools

Earlier this week, John Oliver ran a segment making fun of charter schools on Last Week Tonight. Nelson Smith, Travis Pillow, and others have responded.


What We’re Watching: Private School Choice – How Do Programs Nationwide Stack Up?

On Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm, Fordham will release a new report rating private school choice programs across the country.


What We’re Watching: The Story Behind America’s Top-Performing Charter Schools (Book Trailer)

On August 30, The 74 will release a new book by Richard Whitmire about America’s high-performing public charter schools called The Founders.


What We’re Watching: Pro-Charter Ad from Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, where residents will soon vote in a referendum on whether to allow the creation of more charter schools, pro-charter groups are running tv ads.


What We’re Watching: Teaching Rich and Poor Alike

Amanda Ripley and Robert Pondiscio discuss whether poor kids should be taught using the same methods as rich kids. This discussion was part of the New York Times’ Cities of Tomorrow event.



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EdNext Podcast: A Closer Look at Public Opinion on School Reform

The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.

By 08/24/2016

EdNext Podcast: Will Virtual Reality Be Just Another Classroom Fad?

Using inexpensive new technology, students can take virtual reality field trips without leaving their classrooms. What will schools, teachers, and curriculum developers need to do for virtual reality to live up to the hype? In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Marty West talks with Michael Horn, whose article, “Virtual Reality Disruption: Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Education Next.

By 08/17/2016

EdNext Podcast: Are Minority Students Actually Underrepresented in Special Ed?

It is widely believed that minority students are overrepresented in special ed programs, possibly due to racial bias. But controlling for other factors that might put students at risk for problems at school, Paul Morgan and George Farkas find that minority students are actually less likely to receive special ed services than similarly situated white students.

By 08/10/2016

EdNext Podcast: Common Standards without Common Tests

The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?

By 08/03/2016

EdNext Podcast: Will Leaked Plans to Boost L.A. Charter Schools Harm Them Instead?

Los Angeles has over 41,000 students on charter school wait lists. But when the school district and teachers union got wind of the Broad Foundation’s plan to help launch schools to serve those students, simmering tensions over charter school expansion exploded.

By 07/27/2016

EdNext Podcast: Summer Melt — Why College-Bound Kids Don’t End Up in College & How to Help

At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.” Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college.

By 07/20/2016

EdNext Podcast: Teachers Unions Around the World

Stanford University’s Terry M. Moe sits down with EdNext editor Marty West to discuss how political debates over education reform have unfolded around the world, with a focus on the role played by teachers unions.

By 07/13/2016

EdNext Podcast: Politicians Taking On Chronic Absenteeism

Leslie Cornfeld, former special advisor to both the Secretary of Education and to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks with Paul E. Peterson about chronic absenteeism and how data can be used to identify kids who are at risk.

By 06/29/2016

EdNext Podcast: Do Vouchers Reduce Incarceration Rates?

Paul E. Peterson speaks with Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas about his study finding that students in Milwaukee who received vouchers to attend private schools were 2-5 percentage points less likely to be accused or convicted of crimes than comparable students who attended public schools.

By 06/22/2016

EdNext Podcast: Partisan Politics in Education

Paul Peterson interviews Robert Shapiro, an expert on public opinion, about how the partisan divide in education policy is shifting, as issues of school quality and accountability have produced “conflicted liberals,” at the same time that the presidential election is creating “conflicted conservatives.”

By 06/15/2016

EdNext Podcast: How to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism

A report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week finds that 6.5 million students missed at least three weeks of school last year. On this week’s podcast, Bob Balfanz talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about the problem of chronic absenteeism.

By 06/08/2016

EdNext Podcast: The Shared Legacy of Bush and Obama in Education Policy

Paul E. Peterson discusses his recent article, “The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform,” with host Marty West.

By 06/01/2016

EdNext Podcast: Can Non-Cognitive Skills Be Taught?

Journalist Paul Tough talks with Education Next editor Marty West about his new book, Helping Children Succeed.

By 05/25/2016

EdNext Podcast: How Will Accountability Change Under ESSA?

Randall Reback, professor of economics at Barnard College and Columbia University, talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about flexibility for states under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

By 05/18/2016

EdNext Podcast: Free College Tuition: Lessons from Germany

With the prospect of free college tuition attracting many young voters to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, EdNext’s Paul Peterson talks with Ludger Woessmann of the Ifo Institute in Munich about free higher education in Germany.

By 05/11/2016

EdNext Podcast: How Much Economic Growth Can We Get If We Improve Our Schools?

Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about the findings of his new study, which calculates the impact we would see on the economy if states improve their schools and students improve their skills.

By 04/27/2016

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Have More Charter Schools?

In Massachusetts, a proposal to increase the number of charter schools that was made by Governor Charlie Baker is facing opposition in the state senate. Jim Stergios, the Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, talks with with Paul E. Peterson about the debate over charter schools that is now taking place in the Massachusetts state legislature.

By 04/20/2016

EdNext Podcast: How Has Denver Done It?

David Osborne talks with Marty West about the education reform strategies being embraced by the elected school board in Denver which have made the school district a leading example of urban reform.

By 04/13/2016

EdNext Podcast: Energy and Entrepreneurialism in Catholic Education

Andy Smarick talks with Marty West about innovation in the Catholic school sector.

By 04/06/2016

EdNext Podcast: Can We Count on Schools to Boost Social Mobility?

Mike Petrilli and Marty West discuss the role schools can play in putting more low-income children on the path toward success, and what schools need to do differently in order to do a better job.

By 03/30/2016

EdNext Podcast: Do Teachers Matter Most?

Marty West talks with Dan Goldhaber about the differences teachers and schools make. Goldhaber is the author of “In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most.”

By 03/23/2016

EdNext Podcast: Overcoming Knowledge Deficits to Boost Reading Comprehension

Education Next’s Marty West talks with Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway, authors of the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction.

By 03/16/2016

EdNext Podcast: How Much Does Family Background Affect Student Achievement?

Marty West talks with Anna Egalite about the Coleman Report’s finding that family background explained more about student achievement than factors within the control of the school or other things that education policy can influence.

By 03/09/2016

EdNext Podcast: Will the Every Student Succeeds Act Boost Digital Learning?

The federal education law passed in December 2015 shifts power back to states and school districts. It gives states the flexibility to decide what they want a high school diploma to mean, among other things. Susan Patrick of iNACOL sits down with EdNext’s Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of the new Every Student Succeeds Act on digital learning, testing, and more.

By 03/02/2016


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Learning from the International Experience: Conference Photos

In August 2011, Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance co-hosted a conference to examine whether U.S. students are ready to compete in a global economy.

By 12/02/2011

School Advocacy Groups

Additional images of school advocacy groups from Education Reform Now, Parent Revolution, and Stand for Children. For more on school advocacy groups see “Not Your Mother’s PTA” by Bruno V. Manno. Education Reform Now Parent Revolution Stand for Children

By 10/26/2011

Performance Learning Centers

Photos: Additional images of Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Hampton and Richmond, VA.

By Education Next 08/11/2011

Hybrid Schools

Photos: Additional images of the Denver School of Science and Technology, High Tech High in San Diego, Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School in San Jose, and School of One in New York City.

By Education Next 03/15/2011

Catalyst Schools

Photos: Additional images of the Catalyst Schools in Chicago.

By Education Next 02/25/2011


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