Michael Q. McShane

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    Dr. Michael Q. McShane is the director of national research at EdChoice. He is the editor of New and Better Schools, the author of Education and Opportunity and coeditor of Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Teacher Quality 2.0 and Common Core Meets Education Reform.


Supporting Students Outside the Classroom

Can wraparound services improve academic performance?

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

To Improve Rural Schools, Focus on Their Strengths

Facilitate real school choice, charter conversions, and individual solutions for specific regions

Reflections on the Legacy of Bush-Obama School Reform

Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?

The New Mexico Reform Story

Will Hanna Skandera’s legacy last?

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Betsy DeVos, the (Relatively Mainstream) Reformer

A long record refutes the radical image of the education secretary

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Open Educational Resources

Is the federal government overstepping its role?

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Work Within and Outside Traditional Schooling

A review of “The Split Screen Strategy,” by Ted Kolderie

Navigating the Common Core

Complexities threaten implementation

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Blog Posts/Multimedia

The Future of the Common Core in Louisiana

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the state would pull out of both the PARCC testing consortium as well as the Common Core Standards Initiative.


Breaking Down ‘Sector Switchers: Why Catholic Schools Convert to Charters and What Happens Next’

Catholic schools that converted to charter status expanded the number of students they were able to serve.


Indiana and the Common Core

Could more states join Indiana in dropping the standards?


Politico’s Voucher Story Is Bogus

This morning, Politico published an attention-grabbing story about how some private schools that teach creationism receive public funding through tuition tax credits and school vouchers.


How Do We Regulate School Choice Markets?

Whenever DC policy folk talk about school vouchers, it is almost always accompanied by copious handwringing over “bad” schools.


Nuances of School Choice

What does it mean to support school choice? A wide variety of programs fall under the umbrella of “school choice,” and some are better than others.


Learning Why the Caged Bird Sings

A review of First Class:The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School, by Alison Stewart


Improbable Scholars, Inappropriate Conclusions

What about districts that are doing the same things as Union City but with poor results? What about districts that are doing the opposite of Union City and succeeding? Is Union City the rule or the exception?


Hope Comes in Many Flavors in New Orleans

A review of Sarah Carr’s ‘Hope Against Hope’


Putting Charter School Conspiracy Theories to Rest

A review of Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story by Ember Reichgott Junge


Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

A review of Generation on a Tightrope by Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean


Moving from a School System to a System of Schools

A Review of Andy Smarick’s Urban School System of the Future

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