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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.

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.

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