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»

June 10, 2014 - 2:07:46 posted by Jovan Agee

Vergara v. California: A Big Win for California Students and Teachers

Across the country, students and teachers are celebrating. In his decision today in Vergara v. California, Judge Rolf M. Treu affirmed that California’s students have a constitutional right to educational equality. This ruling is a huge win for kids and teachers in the Golden State.  Read More»

June 06, 2014 - 4:28:26 posted by Jacob Waters

Some Much-Needed Honesty on Accountability

The goal of public schools is to educate our students. You’d think that determining whether or not that is happening wouldn’t be controversial. Read More»

June 05, 2014 - 3:18:10 posted by Sean Gill

Pension Systems State by State

Public pension systems continue to be in the news as cities and states struggle to figure out how they can keep their promises to teachers and other public employees.  Read More»

June 04, 2014 - 7:02:13 posted by Jacob Waters

The Need for Charter School Accountability

Across the country, high performing public charter schools are making a difference for kids. Empowered by autonomy, these schools employ innovative, instructional techniques, classroom technology, and out-of-school supports to meet their students’ needs—and, in many cases, help them beat the odds. Read More»

Topics: Charter Schools

June 02, 2014 - 12:21:11 posted by Halli Bayer

Parents and Researchers Agree – Illinois Has Awesome School Report Cards

Sometimes education wonks are so removed from what they're studying that they can lose sight of the things that matter most to teachers, parents, and students.  Read More»

Topics: Researchers

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