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January 15, 2013

Final Thoughts on Expanding Education Opportunity

I am struck by how many educators and parents are fed up and frustrated with the direction in which we have been headed.

November 13, 2012

Time to Put Forward a New Reform Agenda

I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.

October 16, 2012

The Politics of Reform in the Presidential Election

The Obama administration is our ally, not our enemy. We must work with them to show that a better approach to improving our schools is possible.

April 19, 2012

Sending Out an SOS

Can we build a response that doesn't rest on fear, but rather on hope?

February 07, 2012

Getting Real About Turnarounds

The turnaround approach assumes that it is bad principals and bad teachers who stand in the way of school improvement.

January 31, 2012

Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?

Do you think that President Obama just doesn't understand that Race to the Top has encouraged states to double down on high-stakes testing? Maybe he doesn't realize that the strategies of his administration rely totally on test scores.

January 10, 2012

NCLB: The Death Star of American Education

After 10 years of NCLB, we should have seen dramatic progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but we have not.

October 25, 2011

NCLB: End It, Don't Mend It

Despite the manifest failure of NCLB, the Obama administration proposes not to scrap it, but to offer waivers if states agree to accept the mandates selected by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

October 18, 2011

If You Believe in Miracles, Don't Read This

But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.

June 28, 2011

Reasons for Hope

Now is a time to speak and act. Now is a time to think about how we will one day be judged. Not by test scores, not by data, but by the consequences of our actions.

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