Federal Policy

The role of Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Education and a host of Washington interest groups in education policy

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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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Rethinking the Carnegie Unit

By stressing the amount of time students spend in the classroom rather than their mastery of subjects, the Carnegie Unit masks the quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools and colleges. But alternatives aren’t simple. 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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Waiving Good-bye to Accountability?

Federal policymakers need to give states incentives to raise standards, not lower them 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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The Quarterly Report: Big Questions for America’s Schools

An on-camera discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of today’s school reform movement Continue reading

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National Problems Require National Solutions

The national problems in public education require national solutions. 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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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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