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Mostly Harmless

Beneath the over-reactions and counter-over-reactions on Obama’s speech today is a real issue — Who should have primary responsibility for raising (educating) children?

Bringing High-Quality Charter Schools to Scale

There are more than 4500 charter schools across the United States today, but in...

The College Cruise

The New York Times this week hosted a forum on summer homework, and while I voted "Yea!" many contributors and commenters thought summer homework a terrible intrusion on June, July, and August.

Health Lessons from Schools

If the public-school analogy holds, the public option in health-care insurance won't create a system of choice and competition, as the White House claims; it will slowly -- or not so slowly -- give way to a (nearly) single-payer system.

International Benchmarking May Not Be a Good Bet for States

In August, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report summarizing...

President Obama’s Real Message

The President’s real message on education reform will be delivered early next year, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the first round of Race to the Top grants.

Trench Warfare on the Board of Ed

I was the infamous “rogue” board member, the person that school board associations give seminars about.

High Achieving Kids Need Options, Too

On Friday, Tom Loveless and I published an op-ed in the New York Times that argued that our nation’s highest-achieving students are only making minimal gains in the era of NCLB, while low-achieving students have made huge strides since 2000.

When It Comes to Charter Schools, What Do Americans Really Care About?

A look at the latest Ednext poll convinces me that the charter school movement needs to do one and only one thing to succeed—prove that charters can be effective in the classroom.

No More Revenge of the Nerds

According to the Wall Street Journal, Texas high school students can now receive additional course credit toward graduation for participation in athletics.

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