“Most of What You Believe about Poverty is Wrong”

What the work of Mauricio “Lim” Miller, an Oakland, California-based social services pioneer and MacArthur “Genius” fellowship recipient, means for education.

Betsy DeVos and Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes in the U.S. Have Improved Significantly in Recent Decades

A fair assessment of the past twenty-five years, and especially the years before the Great Recession, is that something improved outcomes for students, particularly the most vulnerable students.

School Choices for Rural America

School choice leaves many small town denizens and suburbanites cold. So here’s an idea for what rural school reform should look like.

Rising Graduation Rates Signal Risk of Sinking Standards

We can’t rule out “dumbing down” as one explanation for rising high school graduation rates, and there’s now provocative evidence that it’s also contributing to rising college graduation rates.

The Secret Source of Lost Learning and Educator Burnout

Teachers spend more than a third of their instructional time on tasks other than instruction. And that’s before we add in paperwork done outside the classroom.

Teacher-Student Race Matching: Where The Research Is Heading

A new study looks at differences in exposure and impact associated with assignment to same race/ethnicity teachers between the traditional public school and public charter sectors.

Straight Up Conversation: LEAP Innovations CEO Phyllis Lockett

LEAP Innovations runs an 18-month program training educators in 140 Chicago schools how to implement personalized learning.

Sanders Ban on For-Profit Charters May Backfire

The fact that African Americans favor charter schools has less to do with charter schools themselves and more to do with our right of self-determination where the education of our children is concerned.

Don’t Dismiss That 30 Million-Word Gap Quite So Fast

Differences in the early language environments of children do have a significant impact.

The Summer 2019 Issue of Education Next is here!

The cover stories address the increasingly popular topic of delaying school start times.

Reflections of a School Reformer

An interview with Bob Wise, who served as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education from 2005 until his recent departure.

New American Schools: A Short, Opinionated History

New American Schools was an attempt to reinvent the school in a way that brought together best practices in a holistic way rather than implementing reforms piecemeal.

Alternative Education: Rigor Redefined

While rigor and standards are always important, the challenges faced by at-risk students create a rigor of their own.

The Results of Florida’s Education Reforms Are Impressive. Their Return on Investment Is Totally Off the Charts.

From the late 1990s until 2017, the reading performance of black fourth graders in Florida skyrocketed 26 points. For Hispanic students, the gain was 27 points, and for low-income kids it was an astonishing 29 points.

Straight Up Conversation: Emily Krone Phillips on Chicago’s ‘Freshman OnTrack’

In Chicago, the metric Freshman OnTrack is more predictive of high school graduation than 8th grade test scores, neighborhood, race, or family income.

Is School Segregation Really Getting Worse?

A body of rigorous research finds that segregation has been relatively flat, or even declined, over the past few decades.

What Warren Phillips and George Kelling Had in Common

The former Dow Jones CEO and the “Broken Windows” author both were memorable teachers at Harvard Kennedy School.

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The Disruptive Playbook for Bootcamps to Upend Higher Education

An unbundled higher education system could focus on helping learners earn and learn, as opposed to the existing pattern of learn and then later, maybe, earn.

Straight Up Conversation: Trade School Impresario Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is president of North Bennet Street School, a 138-year-old trade school serving 150 students each year in Boston.

Can We Design Student Loan Forgiveness to Target Low-Income Families?

How different approaches to loan forgiveness, including plans put forward by members of Congress and presidential hopefuls, would distribute benefits to Americans of different income levels and races and ethnicities.

Biden, Harris, on Campaign Trail, Press School Shooting Issue

“There was a high school student, a young woman, here after the event who was crying on my shoulder–crying big tears– because she has had to go through those drills and she is afraid,” Senator Kamala Harris said.

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How Changes in U.S. Reading Instruction Compare Internationally

Four interesting takeaways from “Measuring Innovation in Education 2019.”

If Education Advocacy Were More Like Pharmaceutical Ads

Imagine the disclaimers and warnings about potentially harmful side effects of today’s promising practices and reform initiatives.

How to Fix Teacher Pensions

It is possible to re-design defined benefit pension plans so that they offer adequate retirement benefits to more teachers.

Straight Up Conversation: Waterford.org CEO Benjamin Heuston

Waterford.org provides a publicly funded, home-based kindergarten readiness program to 15,000 children in Utah annually.

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