The Education Exchange: The U.S. Department of Education Touts Tax Credits, Title IX Reform

Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some of the work of the department, including a new federal tax credit initiative and proposed changes to Title IX.

Three Thoughts on the Special Olympics Fiasco

On occasion, policymakers have won through on once-unpopular proposals. But this requires diligence, constancy, and principle—traits the Trump administration seems to lack.

A State School Board that Works

In California, the state board of education works with the governor to accomplish long-term policy goals.

Reflections on a Four-Year Sentence

What I learned serving as a state school board member

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.

Behind Trump’s School Choice Sentence, A Longer Story

The transcript of President Trump’s State of the Union speech that was released by the White House mysteriously capitalized the phrase “School Choice,” as if it were the title of a law: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass School Choice for Americans’ children.”

Remembering an Education President

George H. W. Bush led by enabling, not mandating, state and local reform

Lessons for State-Level Reformers in the ESSA Era

Most lessons learned during the Bush-Obama years are as relevant to state education reforms as to their federal counterparts.

Reflections on the Legacy of Bush-Obama School Reform

Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?

EdStat: 69 Percent of Americans Support Laws Allowing States to Take Control of Local Districts Where Academic Performance Has Been Low for Several Years

Teachers are less favorable toward these laws but nevertheless lean toward support.

EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children

But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?

Three Reflections on the NAEP 2017 Talkfest

What the pundits skip over when divining the grand significance of NAEP results.

EdStat: 23 States Said Their Education Agency “Had a Heavier Workload under ESSA than under NCLB”

New research challenges the notion that ESSA has fewer federal regulations than previous iterations of the federal K–12 law.

Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity In Weighted Student Funding Pilot

ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.

Who Signs Your Paycheck?

Federal influence on State Education Agencies

EdStat: Only 36 Percent of the Public Think the Federal Government Should Play the Largest Role in Setting Educational Standards

Opinion has shifted modestly away from federal control toward local control over the past two years.

Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned

Some takeaways from a conference that examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more.

In the News: Is DeVos Near Ending School Discipline Reform After Talks on Race, Safety?

Last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Education met with critics of school discipline policies that were put in place under the Obama administration.

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s Innovation Engine

The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General released a faulty audit of a highly innovative model that complies with both the spirit and letter of the law.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

The Problem with Those Who Cried “Wolf!” on Trump’s Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump’s budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

Rethinking Federal Regulation of Sexual Harassment

The need for deliberation, not demagoguery, in the Age of Trump

EdNext Podcast: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

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