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Charter School Lessons from New Orleans

In New Orleans, school reform leaders have rejected the argument that charters should be permitted to set their own, narrower standards of what it means to be public schools. Continue reading

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The Importance of Common Core Standards to Disadvantaged Students

The opposition the Common Core is about adult issues, not what’s best for students, especially disadvantaged students, who traditionally haven’t been taught anything resembling the Common Core in public education. Continue reading

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Tackling the College Remedial Education Crisis

A network of community colleges and universities is rethinking remedial math, and achieving impressive early results Continue reading

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The Unfinished Agenda of the No Child Left Behind Act

A decade after the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, we’re still a long way from providing all students with a rigorous education. Continue reading

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The Fallacy of ‘Local Control’ in Public Education

The infrastructure constructed over the past three decades to promote a national vision of excellence and equity in public education is in danger of being swept away.
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Vouchers Redux

The Romney campaign is putting vouchers at the center of its new education plan, but there’s not a lot to recommend vouchers as a large-scale reform strategy.
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The Case for Mandatory School Choice

For New York City public high school students, school choice is mandatory–and the results are promising Continue reading

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Education Entrepreneurs on the Potomac

A new generation of social entrepreneurs is moving into public education–and the Obama administration is cheering. 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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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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