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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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A New Era in the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

The Obama administration encouraged more robust ways of assessing which educators were doing a good job. Will its legacy last? Continue reading

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On Student Motivation

In an era of rising academic standards, more kids than ever will struggle. But research suggests new ways to help them thrive in the face of adversity. Continue reading

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For Many, High-Touch Trumps High-Tech

Silicon Valley’s Discovery Prep has state-of-the-art technology. It also has unusually engaged teachers and parents. Continue reading

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Who Rules? The Fight Over The Federal Role in Education

The national drive for education reform has touched off many power struggles, but the fight over the federal role in education has emerged as fundamental. Continue reading

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High Schools: Small is Still Beautiful

Breaking up big, dysfunctional high schools into smaller units looked like a reform that failed. Look again. Continue reading

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Raising Standards? Raising Dropout Rates?

President Obama wants to lower the dropout rate. He also wants to raise academic standards. But does one come at the expense of the other? Continue reading

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Teacher Evaluation and Teacher Quality

Originally published in Voices in Urban Education¬†with co-author Robert Rothman. The troubled state of teacher evaluation is a glaring and largely neglected problem in public education, one with consequences that extend far beyond the current debate over performance pay. Because … Continue reading

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US Education: Still at Risk

A quarter century ago, an explosive federal report launched a national crusade to fix American education. There’s still much work to be done. Continue reading

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