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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.

August 03, 2016

Red States Lead the Way on Pre-K

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.

August 02, 2016

Talk to Parents Before Closing a Charter School

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.

August 01, 2016

Make Education Reform Great Again!

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.

July 29, 2016

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Eden, Shober, Robinson, Carlson and Hamilton

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.

May 27, 2016

Into the Classroom: A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality

Should we be giving philanthropically at all if we want to create lasting change?

May 26, 2016

Getting In: The Challenges of Access to Elite Foundations

Prior to graduate school, I worked as an undergraduate admission officer at Stanford, and was struck by the parallels between the elite admission and philanthropy worlds.

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