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July 15, 2014 posted by Jacob Waters

How Should We Pay Our Teachers?

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

July 11, 2014 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»

July 02, 2014 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»

July 01, 2014 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»

June 26, 2014 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»

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