Teacher Pay Emerges As Democratic Primary Issue

Call it the teacher primary.

Reflections on a Four-Year Sentence

What I learned serving as a state school board member

When Did Good Parenting Become a Problem?

The felonious conduct in the college admissions scandal is distinctly different from good parents trying to help their kids.

In the News: Only 7 Black Students Got Into Stuyvesant, N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

How have other school districts handled the issue of low numbers of students from minority groups gaining admission to selective schools?

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Responding To The Achievement Gap Findings

The reason gap-closing matters is because social mobility matters, particularly in a society that prizes itself on being a land of opportunity. But raising all boats matters, too.

In the News: The War on Poverty Remains a Stalemate

Despite efforts to narrow the gap in academic achievement between those born into families with the highest and lowest levels of education and household resources, the gap remains wide.

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The Bizarre Disdain for High School Sports

Why is such short shrift given to the role athletics can play when it comes to supporting academic success and forging character?

A Teacher Strike Even Conservatives Can Support

Teachers across Iran are holding sit-ins in their school principals’ offices to demand better pay, the right to form unions, and the freeing of all jailed teachers’ rights activists.

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New Studies Show Benefits of Arts-Focused Field Trips

Students taking part in multiple arts-focused field trips showed improved school engagement, higher test scores, and increased tolerance.

Straight Up Conversation: Columbia’s Liz Chu Talks Research and Leadership

Liz Chu is executive director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Public Research and Leadership, which trains graduate students from over 26 different professional schools for careers in education reform.

In the News: Does Homework Really Help Students Learn?

An ed school professor, a new fourth grade teacher, and a college student discuss what quality homework looks like, how it can help children learn, and how schools can equip teachers to design it, evaluate it, and facilitate parents’ role in it.

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Teach Students to Love America

Infusing children with a love of reading is laudable, but a love of country is indispensible.

Great Curriculum Is Important. But It’s Not Enough.

As long as teacher preparation programs, professional development organizations, school systems themselves, and state education agencies do little to help teachers master specific reading, math, and science curricula, we’re likely to see more studies showing minimal effects of curricula.

How One ‘Ordinary’ Brooklyn High School Produced Six Nobel Laureates, a Supreme Court Justice, and Three Senators

The recent death of the distinguished political scientist Sidney Verba will be an occasion to reflect on his contributions to the field of political science and to Harvard University. What caught my eye, though, was where he went to high school.

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Politically Speaking, ‘School Reform’ Has Gone Left

Why reform’s progressive uniformity is a practical problem for school improvement.

Some Regulations Deter Private Schools from Participating in Voucher Programs

Rules preventing participating schools from having specific admissions policies and requirements that schools take state standardized tests both reduce the likelihood that private schools say they will participate in voucher programs.

In the News: Democrats Have Taken Over Education Reform

Will the progressive capture of education reform undermine the quality and effectiveness of the movement’s work?

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In the News: Millennials Are More Likely to Support School Choice — a SXSWedu Panel Reveals Why

According to recent polls, adults who were born between 1981 and 1996 tend to think favorably about charter schools, vouchers, and other types of education options.

The Risks Exceed the Rewards: A Nationwide Federal Tax Credit Scholarship Program

The administration’s support of school choice is praiseworthy, but a federal tax credit scholarship program poses a threat to education choice in the states and undermines conservative efforts to streamline the federal tax code.

Kids as Political Props

Sen. Dianne Feinstein revealed the hollow core of fashionable ideas about civic education and “action civics” when she refused to play along with student “activists” who confronted her.

Democrats Just Voted AGAINST Free College

On Feb. 27, Democrats in New Hampshire defeated House Bill 673, which would have allocated $100,000 to cover the cost of students taking exams for free college credit.

In the News: The First Lady Watched School Kids Coloring in Tulsa. The Turks Saw Links to Terrorism.

The First Lady’s visit was to a public charter school alleged to be connected to supporters of Fetullah Gulen.

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Health Benefit Costs Represent a Serious Threat to Charter School Success

Rising health benefit costs are eroding total teacher compensation and eating into budgets reserved for other mission-critical areas at charter schools across the country.

The Spring 2019 Issue of Education Next Is Here!

The cover story of our Spring 2019 issue examines the 10-year tenure of former Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who stepped down in October.

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How The World Bank Can Help Build Better Teachers

A close look at the Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching project (MET) could help the World Bank avoid likely pitfalls and realize its vision for its new classroom observation tool.

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