Straight Up Conversation: Microsoft Chief Talks Augmented Reality in Schools

Dan Ayoub, who helms Microsoft’s education team after a decade leading the famed Halo gaming franchise, discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of bringing augmented and virtual reality to the classroom.

In the News: ASU Abandons the Global Freshman Academy Project and Moves Into an Open edX Initiative

Education Next reported in its Spring 2019 issue on the challenges facing the ASU program. The article also reported on alternatives, including Modern States, which offers freshman year classes online for free .

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States Can Foster Economic Opportunity by Promoting High-Value Credentials

The choices states make about which industry-recognized credentials “count” will either encourage learners down a meaningful career path or unwittingly steer them toward low-wage, low-skill jobs.

‘Adjunct Underclass’ Author Responds To Review

‘Our tax starvation of public higher ed is a choice we’ve made.’

4 Poll Results That’ll Shape the 2020 Election Education Debates

Parents prize academics, strict discipline.

Straight Up Conversation: The Woman Who’s Trying to Reimagine Testing

Rebecca Kantar leads Imbellus, which has raised more than $24 million to build simulation-based assessments.

The Appeal of Alternative Education

A path outside the conventional structure can save costs, enrich lives.

In The News: The Changing Face of School Integration

A new report by the Washington Post shows the overall number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has actually doubled over the past 25 years. At the same time, many urban schools remain deeply segregated. An analysis by Tomas Monarrez, Brian Kisida and Matthew M. Chingos in Education Next examined this issue in the context of charter schooling.

Bipartisan Bill Would Set Rules for Income Share Agreements

Better incentives for colleges, less loan risk for students.

Three Factors Critical to Rural Charter Schools’ Success

Visitors to charter schools in Questa, New Mexico; Quincy, Florida; Starbuck, Minnesota; and Prescott Valley, Arizona, found some common ingredients.

No, “Personal Responsibility” Is Not Inherently a Racist, Classist Construct

An encounter at Columbia University Teachers College tells a story.

As New York Charters Turn 20, Let Good Schools Flourish

Twenty years ago this summer, I was a founder of the first charter school in New York state: the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.

The “Left Behind” Kids Made Incredible Progress From the Late 1990s Until the Great Recession. Here Are Key Lessons for Ed Reform.

A look at a quarter-century of student outcomes is a reminder of the importance of patience.

Straight Up Conversation: Bridge in Nigeria Chief Oladapo Olarinmoye

Bridge in Nigeria is upskilling the teachers of around 300,000 children in 1,500 schools over four years, a rate of scaling which may be unprecedented in African history.

Kids Who Had Been “Left Behind” Are Doing Much Better Today Than 25 Years Ago. But What About the Middle Class?

Achievement is mostly flat, while attainment is up.

The Parable of the Teacher and the Experts

It’s the dawn of a new school year. As I sat down to write about it, I got a premonition of how this school year will once again go for so many.

What Do Education Reform Failures Have in Common?

Education is like parenting — the correct approaches are highly context-specific.

Segregation and the School Choice Movement

When the Ku Klux Klan wanted to outlaw private schools

Summer Learning Loss Sure Is Real

Karl Alexander responds to “Is Summer Learning Loss Real?” by Paul T. von Hippel

Summer Learning: Key Findings Fail to Replicate, but Programs Still Have Promise

von Hippel responds to Alexander’s criticism of “Is Summer Learning Loss Real?”

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History

Avoiding the ‘rigidities and often dysfunction of local school districts’ yielded a success

Measure Education Inputs, Too

A key to turning schools into learning organizations

In the News: As New York Once Again Targets Religious Schools, a History Lesson in Communal Resistance

Tablet magazine features an article by Marvin Schick, who is in his 46th year as president of the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, about New York State’s effort to regulate the curriculum in Jewish private schools. Schick recounts an earlier such effort, between 1939 and 1941, in which the state warned the Jewish schools that their practices violated the state’s compulsory education law.

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In the News: ‘Separate Programs for Separate Communities’: California School District Agrees to Desegregate

The New York Times recently highlighted an action by the attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, to desegregate the Sausalito Marin City school district, which includes both a charter school and a traditional public school.

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On Goalpost Moving

The right way to evaluate private school choice programs

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