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July 11, 2017

ESSA's Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The whole episode around the Department of Education's determination of Delaware's ESSA plan is a remarkable example of bureaucracy and paper-pushing run amok. It's also eerily familiar.

June 06, 2017

It's Easy to Become 'The Man'

I was struck by how the reactions to my blog last week felt like just one more illustration of a larger shift in education reform.

May 31, 2017

Of ESSA Plans and TPS Reports

All the recent fascination with states' ESSA plans brings to mind the infamous TPS reports from the movie Office Space.

May 16, 2017

Education Policy: Props, Paper Plans, and Pyrrhic Victories

A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states' new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.

February 15, 2017

Making ESSA Work in the States

As states focus on rolling out their ESSA plans, it's important that they think about how the pieces fit together.

February 09, 2017

Making Sense of ESSA's New 'Direct Student Services'

Direct Student Services is a provision in ESSA giving states new leeway to expand educational choice efforts by allowing them to use some federal dollars to expand instructional choice, beyond just school choice. I talked with Chiefs for Change's Julia Rafal-Baer to find out more.

March 03, 2016

What ESSA Means for Teachers and Leaders

ESSA will only deliver on the opportunities it seeks to create if people making decisions in states, systems, and schools understand what's possible and make the changes work for them and their students.

December 22, 2015

Don't Get Spun by the White House's ESSA Spin

The White House has been laboring to recast ESSA as a win, and this matters a lot, because how the law is interpreted, applied, and understood will determine what the law means in practice. Consequently, it's worth scrutinizing some of the White House claims.

December 15, 2015

5 Thoughts on ESSA

Now that the dust has settled on the ESSA decision, here are five quick thoughts on what went down last week.

November 30, 2015

Scoring the New Every Student Succeeds Act

It's crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I walk through the bill and see how it stacks up.


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