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Confusion reigns

Are American schools good or bad? It seems that we can’t decide…. Read More

Better ways to use parent power

Children shouldn’t be stuck in failing schools, but parent trigger laws are not the answer for improving their situation…. Read More

PDK Emerging Leader heads back to school

Steven Weber has been a teacher, a state education official, and a school district central office administrator. Now, having developed a broader perspective on education policy and government, he’s back in school as a principal of Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, N.C. Here he talks about how his experience has shaped… Read More

The data backlash

Done right, data collection benefits students more than anyone…. Read More

Nullius in verba

If the state wants to use a high-stakes test, it must be willing to share what it knows about validity of the test with the public…. Read More

Executing schools and killing opportunity

Be deliberate and pause to consider everyone who is affected by a school’s death…. Read More

Cyber skepticism

By Jack Schneider

Many in the world of education have become enamored with the promise of online learning.  At the college level, enthusiasm has primarily been channeled into talk about Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, which boosters say will democratize higher education.  At the K-12 level, advocates of… Read More

Keeping the fun in dysfunctional

By Al Ramirez

Not wanting to disappoint, members of Congress have introduced several bills aimed at reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The act hasn’t been reauthorized since 2002 but has operated under a series of continuing resolutions, which kept the law intact — kind… Read More

Driven by data?

By Janet Angelis

Phrases like “data-driven instruction” and “data-driven decision making” make me wonder exactly who is driving, the data or the people? If we don’t stop to ask, “Where are we going?” “For what purpose?” and “What evidence do these data provide?” we risk putting data in the driver’s… Read More

Education reform as revenge of the nerds

By Robert Maranto

“I was not in the top 10% of my graduating class, nor would that have made me a better or worse teacher — possibly a better reader and studier. The notion that there could ever be an initiative to attract this caliber of teacher without a complete Read More

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