Texting Nudges Harm Degree Completion

Students randomly assigned to receive texts to remind them to complete the FAFSA while they are seniors in high school are significantly less likely to complete an AA or BA degree.

Is a Nation at Risk Now a Nation at Hope [sic] ?

The long-awaited report of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development is now out and will doubtless make some waves.

Straight Up Conversation: RAND Education Chief Darleen Opfer

Darleen Opfer serves as director of RAND Education and Labor, heading a 200-person staff that conducts research for major government agencies and private foundations.

Defining Personalized Learning and Blended Learning: Is There a Difference?

Personalized learning is a pedagogical philosophy of tailoring learning to the individual student. Blended learning involves integrating technology to deliver some content.

Academic Innovation: The Obligation to Evolve

The university has survived because it is dynamic, not static. Its ability to absorb innovations from the outside has been a crucial factor in its success.

In the News: LA Teachers Strike Drags Into Third Day With No End In Sight

As the teachers strike in Los Angeles drags on, there has been no shortage of media coverage. How fair has it been?

In the News: Hampshire Struggles to Stay Afloat

The president of Hampshire College has announced that the school is seeking a partner to help the institution survive. Many small private colleges are now facing a fiscal crisis.

In the News: No Penalty for Western Governors

Should auditors have been setting the terms of debate on federal education policy in the first place?

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How to Help Schools Use Evidence-Based Practices

Here’s how local communities, state education agencies, and philanthropists can help.

How to Bring Back Moral Education

It’s high time we—and our schools—refocus on character building, and philosophers can show the way.

2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens

For the 2019 Public Influence finale, the top ten finishers for various academic disciplines, as well as the top junior faculty.

In the News: A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and California Governor Gavin Newsom are both speaking out in favor of making community college free. Is free community college the way to revive the American dream?

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The 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Here are the 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, ranking the scholars who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy

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Strengthening Standards, Teaching and Tests in a Deep Red State

An interview with John White, Louisiana’s state superintendent of schools

In the News: Skipping Free College and Federal Loans

Some California community colleges are turning down funds offered by the state that would make the first year of community college free because the program requires the schools to participate in the federal student loan program.

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Why Are Teachers Leaving Their Jobs?

Deconstructing the many causes of teacher turnover

The 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric

Here’s the detailed methodology used to generate rankings of the scholars who had the biggest influence on educational practice and policy last year.

The Five-Tool Scholar

Coming Thursday: The Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, which honor the 200 education scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation’s education discourse last year.

In the News: Context on LAUSD’s Potential Teacher Strike

As teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) prepare to go out on strike this Thursday, Chad Aldelman calls attention to the district’s big increase in spending on employee benefits. He notes that one reason benefit costs are so high in LAUSD is that the district has offered generous health care benefits to retired teachers.

Design with Care: School Information Displays Can Impact School Choices

The design of school shopping websites or school finders can affect parents’ choices by nudging them to certain schools or types of schools.

Why Los Angeles Teachers May Strike

From 2001 to 2016, the Los Angeles Unified School District increased overall spending by 55.5 percent, but employee benefit costs soared 138 percent.

In the News: A New Center Being Born

The idea of balancing school choice with smart regulation is just one of the policies being embraced by a new think tank devoted to moderation.

In the News: Should a College Diploma Be a Goal for All?

The New York Times published an interesting batch of letters in response to an op-ed by Oren Cass arguing that our education system spends too much money on college students and not enough on other students. Several Education Next writers have also considered whether college should be the goal for all students.

In the News: Betsy DeVos Revokes Obama Discipline Guidance Designed to Protect Students of Color

On Friday, December 21, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos formally rescinded guidance created by the Obama administration on school discipline.

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