James E. Ryan, an expert in law and educational opportunity, is the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, he was a law professor at the University of Virginia. (Making the Case ceased publishing in December 2016.)
Education Opinion A Question of Federal Overreach: Strange Bedfellows and Red Herrings
What is at stake in the controversy over Title I funding?
Law & Courts Opinion Sheff v. O'Neill at 20: Why Integrate Only Hartford?
Twenty years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling in the landmark school desegregation case Sheff v. O'Neill, progress toward widespread integration remains slow.
School Choice & Charters Opinion School Closings, School Choice, and Parental Voice
Two marches this school year in Chicago and New York raise questions about whether and to what extent policymakers and district leaders should heed parents' wishes.
Law & Courts Opinion Vergara v. California: What's the Theory of Change?
It's not obvious how a win for the plaintiffs in Vergara will ultimately improve education equality in California.
School Choice & Charters Opinion A Choice Question: School Choice and Educational Equity
If we truly care about equal educational opportunity, we must consider the consequences of enabling choice for some families and not others.
School Choice & Charters Opinion The Private Market at the Heart of Public Education
Our public education system has always been more private than we sometimes care to admit.
Early Childhood Opinion The Largest Voucher Program You've Never Heard About
Publicly funded pre-K programs are reliant on private providers, with interesting implications for K-12 education.