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August 24, 2016

Should We Close Schools on the Basis of Performance?

The disconnect between support for closure policy in the abstract and closure policy in reality is illustrated by the fact that very few schools were actually shut down under NCLB or SIG.

August 22, 2016

Reform May Get Chipped Away, But School Choice Is Here to Stay

School choice programs provide a tangible, highly valued benefit to families—the ability to exert at least some control over where their child goes to school. Once families experience this benefit they will be willing to fight to maintain and expand that benefit.

August 19, 2016

Unpacking the NAACP Charter Resolution: Part III

NAACP's 2016 resolution is not a civil rights victory. Simply opposing charters does not solve our nation's education challenges.

August 17, 2016

Unpacking the NAACP Charter Resolution: Part II

The new NAACP charter resolution rejects charters as a means of supporting quality education for all children. But aren't teachers, parents, and other stakeholders opening charter schools to help exactly who the NAACP says it wants to help—black, brown, and poor students across the US?

August 15, 2016

Unpacking the NAACP Charter Resolution: Part I

What to make of NAACP's new moratorium on federal charter school programs? Gerard Robinson discusses.

August 12, 2016

ESSA's Missing Link: Can Colleges Keep ESSA Afloat?

Just as ESSA requires a non-tested measure for school assessment purposes, these college measures could build confidence that just the experience of college gives some benefit to less-academically prepared students.

August 10, 2016

Is ESSA a Legacy of Brown or Milliken?

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.

August 08, 2016

Will ESSA Energize "Adequate Education" in State Courts?

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.

August 05, 2016

#AllKidsMatter: An Every Student Succeeds Agenda

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.

August 04, 2016

In Defense of Suspensions

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.

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