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“This Is the Civil-Rights Issue of Our Time”

Philanthropist of the Year Bill Oberndorf explains a state-based strategy for advancing school choice
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Choice, Flexibility, Accountability Drive School Improvement

One kind of public school is improving faster than another kind. What explains charter success?
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“Our Biggest Nightmare Is Here”

Cyberattacks are targeting school districts. How can schools respond to keep data and systems secure?
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The Case for Kindergarten Tests

Starting NAEP in 4th grade is much too late
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The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2021

The pandemic and race dominate the discussion—for a second year.
Roxbury Prep wrapped the site at 361 Belgrade Ave in Roslindale with an image of the school building it hoped to construct there.

Soaring Real Estate Prices, Vocal Opponents Complicate School Site Search

Parent’s Plea: “We need more people advocating for us”
The Hile family is among those suing, seeking the ability to use their Michigan 529 savings plan to pay tuition at a private Christian school.

Blaine Fights Back

Michigan families sue, seeking the ability to use their 529 savings accounts to pay for tuition at private religious schools.
Field officer Imisi Olu-Joseph of Bridge International Academies conducting observation at Oba-Ovonramwen Nursery and Primary School in Benin City, Edo State.

Beyond Moneyball: Data-Driven Education Boosted by Observation and Judgment

In Nigeria, smiling at small victories and pushing to do better
At the KaiPod Learning pod in Newton, Massachusetts, students are taught one on one or in small groups by former school teachers. Students often work outdoors or while listening to music, and KaiPod provides enrichment activities tailored to students’ interests.

Some Pods Will Outlast the Pandemic

Students, parents say they appreciate the support
A seven-member elected board governs the Denver Public Schools. Now that the pandemic’s disruption is receding, the board appears poised to renew its efforts to roll back reform.

Dismantling Denver

The city was a national model for education reform. Then union-backed candidates took over the school board.

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