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July 31, 2014 - 12:51:33 posted by Angelia Dickens

Vergara’s Effects Ripple Out to New York State

As someone who lived in New York for many years, I’ve been worried about the state of the state for a while. Last year, only 31 percent of 3rd-8th graders in New York were proficient in English.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Unions, Last In, First Out (LIFO), Teacher Tenure, Parents, Great Teachers, Teacher Quality, Teachers

July 18, 2014 - 3:45:02 posted by Andre-Tascha Lamme

45 Years Later…

Anniversaries are strange. We look back upon a great accomplishment or a particular tragedy, proclaim how great or horrible it was, and then move on with our lives. Read More»

Topics: Education, The Education Crisis, Achievement Gap

July 15, 2014 - 5:04:52 posted by Valentina Korkes

Diane Ravitch’s Disappointing Sexism

One of the things I love most about working in the education sector is that it is filled with smart, driven women.  Read More»

July 15, 2014 - 12:11:42 posted by Jacob Waters

How Should We Pay Our Teachers?

It is a common refrain in education policy circles: “pay teachers more!” Read More»

Topics: Teacher Pay, Teachers

July 11, 2014 - 12:57:19 posted by Jacob Waters

Addressing the Challenges of School Choice

School choice is rapidly expanding in our nation’s cities. This is a big win for parents and students, who now have increased access to high quality educational options. Read More»

Topics: School Choice

July 02, 2014 - 12:55:41 posted by Sean Gill

Cutting through the Red Tape

Great schools and districts need great leaders. Two recent reports suggest innovative ways that leaders in two critical roles – school principal and district chief financial officer (CFO) – can work to improve schools. Read More»

Topics: School Leadership

July 01, 2014 - 12:28:00 posted by Jacob Waters

What I’ve Seen at the National Charter Schools Conference

Opponents of school choice sometimes claim that the public charter school movement is a vast conspiracy—a nefarious ruse to “privatize” education and exploit students for profit. Read More»

Topics: Charter Schools

June 26, 2014 - 7:53:45 posted by Jacob Waters

Vergara’s Impact on Outspoken Teachers

Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in Vergara v. California rightly focused on how California’s tenure, dismissal, and layoff policies harm students. The evidence of this, as he wrote, is “compelling” and “shocks the conscience.”  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Quality, Teachers

June 18, 2014 - 10:07:49 posted by Eric Lerum

About Those Vergara Naysayers…

The most interesting thing about Vergara v. California may not be the decision itself, but the reactions to it. Read More»

Topics: Teachers

June 15, 2014 - 8:19:35 posted by Andre-Tascha Lamme

What I Want for Father’s Day

It is reprehensible that the United States allows, and makes excuses for, a system that traps kids -- unless they can afford to move or pay for private school -- in schools that are (in the words of Dr. Steve Perry) "failure factories". Read More»

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