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.
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August 10, 2016
August 08, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Should we be giving philanthropically at all if we want to create lasting change?
May 26, 2016
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.