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What Makes for an Effective Secretary of Education?

Thick skin, respect for data are among the qualities needed for success
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Treat NAEP as a Reality Check, Not an Advocacy Exercise

Recent efforts to overhaul NAEP's reading framework are deeply troubling.
Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden head to a joint congressional session to tally the 2016 electoral college votes on January 6, 2017.

Anticipating What’s Ahead for Ed After the Election

Imagining the ingredients of a Biden-McConnell deal
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Will 2020 Nurture Transformation, or a Return to Normal?

To last in the long term, new processes have to show they're better than old ones
There’s no imperative to maintain a remote lunch and recess schedule similar to an in-person one built around school building logistics such as limited cafeteria seating.

Hacks for Schools to Support Parents of Younger Remote Students

Avoid exhausting students to the point of disengagement
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Participation Is Only a Part of Democratic Education

"The value of checks and balances ought to be understood independent of particular agendas. Otherwise, it's a recipe for increasingly unconstrained aggression."

Biden’s Regulatory Agenda on Education

What might be done with his pen and his phone, on loan forgiveness, Title IX, testing, and more

Charters Improving at Faster Pace in Urban Areas

Given the apparent underrepresentation of urban charter students in 2017, it is more likely that we are underestimating the overall gains

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