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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.

The Fall of Multi-Tasking

Not so long ago people were trumpeting multi-tasking as a new way of learning and behaving, one that was rewiring our brains.

New Book by E.D. Hirsch Challenges Reformers of All Stripes

This provocative new book by E.D. Hirsch (dedicated to the late Al Shanker) poses fundamental challenges to both of the dominant reform movements in American education--challenges that their leaders would do well to ponder.

President Obama Should Put Down “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” Pick Up Education Next

The editorial board of the Washington Post has recommended some beach reading for President Obama.

Alternate Route Principals Not So Bad After All, New York Times Admits

A new NYU study finds that schools assigned new elementary and secondary principals trained by the Aspiring Principals Program of the New York City Leadership Academy outperformed other city schools with new principals who came through traditional routes in English Language Arts, and matched their performance in math.

School Choice Research: Will Evidence Ever Count?

Earlier this month, Mike Petrilli moderated a Fordham Institute discussion about whether charter schools had eclipsed private school vouchers as the most promising education reform.

Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.

More than anyone else who comes to mind in American public life, Edward M. Kennedy ascended from reprobate to icon, from an object of criticism, even ridicule, to statesman.

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