10 Things I've Learned While Talking Cage-Busting

As I've traveled, talked about The Cage-Busting Teacher, and heard reactions, I've found several things particularly striking.


7 Lessons From Race to the Top

Five years on, we can draw at least seven lessons from Race to the Top.


We Definitely Don't Need a 'National Education Plan'

I couldn't disagree more with the argument for a "national education plan." There's a time and place for national plans, but education is not it.


A Checklist for Fixing ESEA

Yesterday, the House passed the Student Success Act, but there's still a ways to go before a final bill. Here's a checklist for a final bill to "fix" NCLB.


Ignore the Distractions in This Week's Senate ECAA Debate

By August, the House and Senate could each pass an ESEA reauthorization bill. But lately they've struggled with not only the inevitable disagreements, but also unnecessary distractions.


Beware of Superintendents Who Push for Too Much Reform

After Mike Miles's resignation as superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, here are some thoughts for districts in transition.


The Supreme Court Just Slashed the Odds on ESEA Reauthorization

NCLB is closer to being rewritten now than at any time since its passage. So why do I think the Supreme Court just slashed the odds of reauthorization?


The State of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurship

K-12 educational entrepreneurship today is marked by at least three major tensions that deserve a lot more careful attention.


Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

A decade into post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, I offer a few reflections.


This Is What 'Greenfield' Education Looks Like

Even education reform can feel bureaucratic sometimes. But recently there have been promising greenfield developments in the area of school choice.


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