In the News: Down With Homework, Say U.S. School Districts

Several school districts are banning or reducing homework in response to parents who complain of overload.

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The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2018

The most popular entries on the Education Next blog based on readership

The Role of Catholic Schools in Education Choice Programs

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Catholic schools do not dominate choice programs, but rather, enroll students in line with their share of the overall private school market.

When Quality Charter School Authorizing Jumps the Shark

Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers urges authorizers to resist the temptations of red tape and regulation.

Straight Up Conversation: CEO Charles Best

The website has been used by teachers in 80 percent of American public schools to raise $760 million to fund 1.2 million different classroom projects.

The Winter 2019 Issue of Education Next Is Here!

The Winter 2019 issue of Education Next is now available in full on our website. The issue presents results from the 2018 EdNext Poll of public opinion.

Allowing Researchers to See What Goes On in the Classroom

Technology might allow us to collect detailed information about classroom practice that would help us learn what’s working and what’s not.

21st-Century Education Policy Enters Its Afternoon Rerun Stage

After more than 15 years of “meh” results, viewers have tuned out.

Remembering Two Education Reformers

American education lost two great leaders last week with the passing of George H.W. Bush and Harold O. Levy.

There’s a Reason Why Teachers Don’t Use the Software Provided By Their Districts

A recent report found that most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice.

In the News: Black Teachers Improve Outcomes for Black Students

A new NBER working paper can be added to the growing list of studies finding that black students who have black teachers reap benefits in both the short term and in the long term.

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A Closer Look at Improving Student Engagement by Letting Students Choose Their Tasks

Choice and relevancy are two arrows in the teacher’s quiver to engage and push children to academic heights. But there are lots of others.

Why Schools Should Bridge the Generational Divide

A new book highlights the abundance of human beings, young and old, who could benefit from one another’s energy, wisdom, and experience.

In the News: Education Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault

Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed new rules for how colleges are to handle cases of sexual assault and harassment. These rules for how to implement Title IX would replace the policies put into place by the Obama administration.

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Charter Schools and Segregation: What the Research Says

When charter schools serving mostly minority students outperform nearby district schools that also serve mostly minority students, what does this tell us about charter schools and segregation?

As We Reach the End of Education Policy, We Need a Golden Age of Educational Practice

While policymakers might be taking a break from education policy, we cannot afford to take a break from educational improvement.

What Happened to Wisconsin’s Teacher Workforce After Act 10? Not Much

Many predicted that the restrictions Act 10 placed on collective bargaining would devastate the teacher workforce in Wisconsin, but the more drastic predictions have not transpired.

In the News: Study Cites the Benefits of Taking Student Loans

Despite their toxic reputation, student loans help recipients earn better grades, take more classes, and graduate sooner, a new study finds.

Survey Says: Parents Want School Choice

The nation’s largest private school choice program is effective, popular, and money-saving. And yet, it could be on the chopping block.

Can Education Still Advance the Common Good?

In a provocative new essay, David Labaree argues that American K–12 education has largely replaced its commitment to advancing the public good with a more selfish focus on securing private gains of various kinds.

The Next British Invasion: ResearchEd Comes to the U.S.

ResearchED conferences aim at raising the research literacy of teachers and creating a community of educators dedicated to evidence-based practice.

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss too much school, but many parents are clueless about how many days their children have missed

In the News: Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

Our children aren’t being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn. Many teachers will tell you they learned something different about how children learn to read in their teacher preparation programs.

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Why School Ratings Should Stress Learning Gains

A recent national study found that many schools with low achievement were at the same time producing average or better growth. Conversely, student growth in schools with few disadvantaged students varied widely,

When Teachers Drop Everything to Talk Politics

Teachers, like every American citizen, are free to express their political views in a variety of public forums like Twitter and Facebook. But a series of court decisions have made it clear that a very different standard applies inside publicly funded K–12 classrooms, where teachers have far less freedom to speak their minds.

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