Do Policymakers Cherry-Pick Research?

It seems that for every complex issue, there is competing research to cite. Jack Schneider and Andy Smarick discuss.


When Should the Courts Intervene?

Jack Schneider and Andy Smarick discuss the pursuit of educational policy changes through the courts.


Does Money Matter? Is School Funding Fair?

In this post, Jack Schneider makes the case that funding matters and that current efforts are inadequate. Andy Smarick, on the other hand, thinks funding can't be an excuse for low performance.


Fixing NCLB

Lots of very tricky issues will need to be worked out if No Child Left Behind is going to be fixed and reauthorized. Jack Schneider and Andy Smarick discuss.


If Charters Work, What Is the Reason?

Charter theories are sometimes built on the idea of school "fit." At other times, they're based on the notion that the free market knows best. Andy Smarick and I discuss.


A System Entirely Composed of Charters?

Andy Smarick believes that kids would be better off with a system entirely composed of charters. I disagree.


Ferguson: Say One Thing

If you can say only a little about Ferguson, say one thing.


Introducing Andy Smarick

Stay tuned as Andy Smarick and I take up topics like charter schools, the Common Core, and teacher evaluation.


Reinventing Teach For America

To all the TFA critics out there, here's my pitch: TFA isn't going away. So why not pressure them to wield their power and influence in a way that might actually prove more productive?


Teacher Unions and the Future

Jack and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss the role of teacher unions and how they might evolve in the coming decades.


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