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Education Reform

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Federal Opinion What Conservatives Should Be for When It Comes to Education
Education is ultimately about opportunity, community, and empowerment, and nothing should resonate more deeply with the conservative heart.
Rick Hess, January 14, 2021
3 min read
School & District Management Opinion Sure, Envision a New Public School System. But Don't Ignore the Emergency at Hand
As we work to address the centuries of injustice in education, families need short-term solutions as well, writes Michael J. Feuer.
Michael J. Feuer, August 11, 2020
5 min read
Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Education Is Not Scalable
To the Editor:
I enjoyed the video of Diane Ravitch (“Diane Ravitch in Her Own Words,” Education Week Video, April 10, 2020), a historian who has modified her perspective about education through the years. I’d like to broaden her perspective yet again.
May 12, 2020
1 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Teachers, We Cannot Go Back to the Way Things Were
Injustice in our education system was normalized before the pandemic, writes Bettina L. Love. Now is the time to dream for a better future.
Bettina L. Love, April 29, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion The Coronavirus Just Might End School Privatization Nonsense
The pandemic has boosted appreciation for public schools; the next step is greater funding, argues education historian and activist Diane Ravitch.
Diane Ravitch, April 10, 2020
6 min read
School & District Management Video Diane Ravitch in Her Own Words
Diane Ravitch explains the evolution of her public education activism.
April 9, 2020
School & District Management Opinion Please, Someone, Name Your Favorite Education Decade
A few weeks back I penned a post remaking on the disappointing educational legacy of the 2010s. My good friend Christopher Ruszkowski has some interesting feedback that's worth sharing.
Rick Hess, March 23, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion What Ravitch and the Reformers Both Got Wrong
Longtime readers know that I agree with Diane Ravitch that contemporary school reform deserves to be harshly critiqued, but ultimately I found that her new book, "Slaying Goliath," offered more vitriol than vision.
Rick Hess, March 2, 2020
3 min read
States Polarized Environment Shapes Policy Debates on Key K-12 Issues
How have private school choice and "right to work" laws driven political donations from teachers' unions and education reform groups? New research tries to answer that question, and finds some surprising results.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 21, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion Rejecting Personal Responsibility Is No Way to Promote Educational Equity
Fearing to tell students they're responsible for doing their part is to set them up for failure. And worse: It's the rankest kind of prejudice.
Rick Hess, September 9, 2019
5 min read
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Assessment Opinion The Five Big Challenges Ahead for Advanced Placement
AP has managed to dodge the partisan pitfalls that have felled other ambitious curricular efforts—so far, write Chester E. Finn Jr. and Andrew E. Scanlan.
Chester E. Finn Jr. & Andrew E. Scanlan, September 3, 2019
5 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Puts Pressure on Schools to Reduce Student Absences. Here's How They Might Do It
A new report from FutureEd assesses the research behind interventions designed to tackle chronic absenteeism.
Evie Blad, August 4, 2019
3 min read
School & District Management Opinion Are Students Customers or Just a Crop?
My customers were other administrators who had needs for data and computer applications and teachers who wanted to use microcomputers for instruction.
Starr Sackstein, June 4, 2019
4 min read
School & District Management Opinion Learn About Institutional Racism So We Don't Fail Our Students
We cannot and should not be colorblind. The world in which our black children live and will continue to live as adults is filled with experiences that their white counterparts will never experience.
Starr Sackstein, May 19, 2019
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