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Portrait of Charles Hamilton Houston

When Race is the Primary Job Qualification for Teachers

An interview that stops at the “story” sets up employees for failure

Professionalizing Teaching and Winning the Salary Wars

‘Grand bargain’ would feature higher pay and increased accountability.

Senator Warren’s “Pretty Awful” Education Plan

She’s gone further leftward—union kissing, charter hating—than any of the other major candidates.

How To Get Past the “Talent Hogs” Problem

Redesign roles, budgets, and schedules to put excellent teachers in charge of small teaching teams, for more pay.

Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12?

Rick talks with the CEO of Outschool, which is a marketplace for live online classes connecting over 30,000 students with over 1,000 teachers in 50 U.S. states and 35 countries.

Straight Up Conversation: Microsoft Chief Talks Augmented Reality in Schools

Dan Ayoub, who helms Microsoft's education team after a decade leading the famed Halo gaming franchise, discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of bringing augmented and virtual reality to the classroom.
Senator Todd Young introduced the bipartisan bill, The ISA Student Protection Act of 2019.

Bipartisan Bill Would Set Rules for Income Share Agreements

Better incentives for colleges, less loan risk for students.
Students at the Roots and Wings Community School in Questa, New Mexico, enjoy outdoor time with goats at their rural charter school.

Three Factors Critical to Rural Charter Schools’ Success

Visitors to charter schools in Questa, New Mexico; Quincy, Florida; Starbuck, Minnesota; and Prescott Valley, Arizona, found some common ingredients.

As New York Charters Turn 20, Let Good Schools Flourish

Twenty years ago this summer, I was a founder of the first charter school in New York state: the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.

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