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December 19, 2014

My Hopes for ESEA Reauthorization in 2015

2014 will end without Congress taking action on ESEA, but we should have hope for 2015. Here are a couple major areas that the new ESEA should address.

December 18, 2014

The Role of the Federal Government in Education

It's an easy trap: we see a problem and feel compelled to intervene. The federal government too often errs toward involvement, including with RT3 and NCLB waivers.

December 17, 2014

Waive Goodbye: Why Washington Lost Its NCLB Waiver

In April, Washington State's NCLB waiver was revoked. I reached out to officials and policymakers to hear their reactions and explanations.

December 16, 2014

Was Race to the Top Effective?

Let's evaluate RT3 based on its stated goals and evaluate whether and how it impacts state policy today.

December 15, 2014

What Do State Policymakers Think of Race to the Top?

Following the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, I spent a year talking with high-ranking state policymakers. Here are some lessons they think we should learn from RT3.

December 12, 2014

The Power of Place, the Sharing Economy, and Why We Should Care About Substitute Teachers

Technology offers ways to rethink everything from doctor visits to Mandarin teachers to the problem of getting impactful substitute teachers.

December 10, 2014

Brave Steps: The Role of Parents in Shaping the Future of School

In talking with parents, I continually hear a sentiment of activism. National advocacy organizations are providing a space to channel that activism.

December 08, 2014

What Running a Marathon Taught Me About Ed. Reform

I recently completed my first full marathon. It struck me that many aspects of the race were analogous to education reform.

December 05, 2014

On Poverty, Ed Reform, and the Most Important Foundation You've Probably Never Heard Of

I'm more convinced than ever that education reform can't work without poverty reduction - and that poverty reduction can't work without education reform.

December 04, 2014

The Extracurricular Hamster Wheel: Lessons for Promoting High Performance

Extracurriculars can be both a strength and a weakness of the American education system. Lately, specialization has gotten out of hand.

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