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Fall 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 4


Good News for New Orleans

Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement

The New Orleans OneApp

Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice

The Myth About the Special Education Gap

Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies

Wisconsin High Schools Learn from New PISA Test

International comparison drives efforts to improve


Many Options in New Orleans Choice System

School characteristics vary widely

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

Win or lose, states enacted education reforms

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings

Does school spending matter after all?


What Did Race to the Top Accomplish?

Education Next talks with Joanne Weiss and Frederick M. Hess

Lofty Promises But Little Change for America’s Schools

In July 2009, it wasn’t just about the money. The $4 billion (to be spent over four years) amounted to less than 1 percent of what K‒12 schooling spends each year.

Innovative Program Spurred Meaningful Education Reform

Much has been said about the impact of the Race to the Top program—some good, some not so good, some accurate, some less so.




Tracking Is a District Problem

A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris

Taking On the Opportunity Gap

A review of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam


‘No-Racially-Disparate-Discipline’ Policies Opposed by Both Teachers and General Public

In 2014 the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, acting together, sent every school district a letter asking local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.

A Day at the Khan Lab School

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

Disparate Impact Indeed

Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students

What Twitter Says about the Education Policy Debate

And how scholars might use it as a research tool

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