The Problem With NCLB-Style 'Political Cover'

The argument that state leaders need "political cover" from Washington is not unreasonable, but here's why I ultimately reject it.

Fixing NCLB Based on What Uncle Sam Does Well

There are many things the federal government cannot do well when it comes to schooling. It's not a "retreat" for NCLB reauthorization to acknowledge that.

Why It Matters If the Common Core Is Less and Less 'Common'

The Common Core is becoming less "common." This matters a lot, but has often been ignored in the back-and-forth between supporters and critics.

6 Takeaways From My Chat With House Edu-Chair John Kline

Yesterday, John Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke at AEI. Here are six takeaways.

When Education Policy Debates Are More Than a Circus

People are often disinclined to disagree in good faith and work from there. I've noticed this again with ESEA reauthorization and State of the Union postmortems. Here are two takeaways.

A SOTU Cheat Sheet

Here's a cheat sheet on what to look for in tonight's State of the Union on K-12, higher education, and early childhood education, and what it's likely to mean in reality.

Help Wanted: Seeking Rising Star to Become AEI Research Fellow

I've got a cool new opportunity on my edu-team at AEI. I'm looking for a research fellow to tackle K-12 issues.

Distinguishing Tests From Accountability in NCLB

Those who don't want the federal role in education dialed back are doing some wild intellectual gymnastics.

Seven Observations on ESEA Reauthorization

ESEA/NCLB reauthorization is off and running. As it races forward, here are seven things to keep in mind.

2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens

Yesterday, we unveiled the 2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Today, we report the top ten finishers for several categories.

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