Yearly Archives: 2009


Sweating the Big Stuff: Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations

The extraordinary demands of educating disadvantaged students to higher standards, the challenges of attracting the talent required to do that work, the burden of finding and financing facilities, and often aggressive opposition from the traditional public education system have made the trifecta of scale, quality, and financial sustainability hard for charter management organizations to hit. Continue reading

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Five Myths About Teacher Merit Pay

Originally appeared in The Washington Post. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says paying public school teachers based on their performance is his “highest priority,” and he plans to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to states and school systems that … Continue reading

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(Mandatory) School Choice in New York and Boston

By requiring many students to choice the public schools they attend, New York and Boston have redefined the school choice debate, to the benefit of students and their families Continue reading

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Teachers or ‘Widgets’? How Should Teachers Be Evaluated?

A discussion about the need for new, more effective teacher evaluation systems Continue reading

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Tell the Truth About Colleges

Making public information about how well colleges are educating their students would help introduce the concept of value into higher education for the first time Continue reading

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Educating Urban America

A reveiw of new books on school reform by journalists Jay Mathews, Paul Tough, and David Whitman

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The Key to Teacher Reform in the District of Columbia: Better Evaluations

Testimony before the DC City Council on Michelle Rhee’s controversial new teacher evaluation system Continue reading

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