Well-meaning authorizers and legislators have larded up charter school applications with requirements. If this red tape was to ensure academic success, that would be one thing. But it's not.
A new Education Next study makes pretty massive claims about the impact of new spending. But I'm dubious, for a few reasons.
I've tapped my old Ph.D. in government skills to provide a quick, easy-to-take quiz: are you a wannabe edu-bureaucrat?
Montana has proven to me that if you focus on serious school improvements, your students will shine. No need to go all the way to Finland.
Parents should have a big say in their children's education, but opt out alone won't solve the broader problem of too much testing.
The goal of education is to give students a better chance at a good life, not just a good job. Testing will not solve all our problems.
We've suffered under the factory model of school reform for a dozen years, despite no research showing it works. We need a doctor for the American education system.
Here's a story about how students can become involved in the legislative process, told with the help of Kentucky eighth-grader Ashton Bishop.
Here's a story about how teachers and legislators can develop strong relationships, told with the help of Senator David Givens of Kentucky.