ESSA's big change was to enhance both local control and equal treatment. By definition, these work at cross-purposes, ensuring that the politics of ESSA will be contentious.
ESSA was meant to move beyond NCLB's widely-panned proficiency obsession, but governors and legislators aren't likely to stray too far from simplistic NCLB-era accountability.
If state and system leaders seize the opportunity and think creatively, they could craft an education agenda dedicated to the proposition that All Kids Matter, to improve all schools and help all students.
Claims on the harm of school suspensions are only true up to a point, and accepting them without qualification can lead to tradeoffs that may do much greater harm than good to students and schools.
When it comes to state spending and enrollment, pre-K advocates might be surprised to learn that Red States come out rather ahead of Blue States.
We know that parents don't particularly value test scores when choosing a school; things like school safety, a socially welcoming environment, a motivating sense of mission matter a great deal, too.
Max Eden makes the case that education reform has gotten off track and that part of the reason why is a tendency toward a party-line take on questions that deserve more scrutiny.
The dog days of summer are officially here, as is the looming delivery date for my book Letters to a Young Reformer. While I'm burrowed away finishing up the last few chapters, you'll have a great slate of guest bloggers to keep you company.
All the fevered discussions from my time teaching at Rice and UPenn this past week prompted some reflections on policy and trust, and "implementation problems."
I thought it might be worth dusting off a column I penned in May of 2012, "The Fate of The Common Core: The View from 2022." Would be curious to hear where readers thought the piece was prescient . . . and where it wasn't.