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Winter 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 1


Learning English

Accountability, Common Core, and the college-for-all movement are transforming instruction

Teachers Unions at Risk of Losing “Agency Fees”

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape

Civil Wrongs

Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more


A Bad Bargain

How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life

When Does Accountability Work?

Texas system had mixed effects on college graduation rates and future earnings


Should Community College Be Free?

Education Next talks with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew Kelly

The Economy Needs More Workers with Associate Degrees

Forum: Should Community College Be Free?

Tuition Is Not the Main Obstacle to Student Success

Forum: Should Community College Be Free?



History Lessons from a Policy Insider

A review of Presidents, Congress and The Public Schools, by Jack Jennings

High Marks for Games in the Classroom

A review of The Game Believes in You, by Greg Toppo


Why Do German Students Learn More, When Their Schools Get Less Money?

Back in 2000, U.S. and German students at age 15 were performing at roughly the same level on international tests . By 2012, German 15-year-olds were outscoring their U.S. peers by 32 points in math, a difference representing more than a year’s worth of learning.

Moving Edtech Forward

School networks AltSchool and Summit are betting on a breakthrough

One Point Short

Let’s not define students by their test scores

Heading for a Fall

State restrictions on voucher programs rest on shaky foundation

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