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March 09, 2015

GOP Governors Need to School Uncle Sam on Federal Role in Education

Republican nominees for 2016 must explain to voters how they can believe in both the importance of education and in a limited federal role.

February 27, 2015

Dems May Want to Watch What Duncan Is Wishing for

It's possible that a Republican might become president in 2016. Should that happen, it might be worth revisiting a possible future that I forecast in 2011.

January 23, 2015

6 Takeaways From My Chat With House Edu-Chair John Kline

Yesterday, John Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke at AEI. Here are six takeaways.

January 20, 2015

A SOTU Cheat Sheet

Here's a cheat sheet on what to look for in tonight's State of the Union on K-12, higher education, and early childhood education, and what it's likely to mean in reality.

November 05, 2014

Midterm Election Edu-Winners and Losers

Here are my initial reactions to the results of the midterm elections for education policy.

October 27, 2014

Ten Facts About What the Candidates Are Saying on Education

What do Senate and gubernatorial candidates have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K? Here are 10 takeaways from reviewing their platforms.

October 14, 2014

What the 2014 Senate Elections Might Mean for Education

Three weeks out from midterms, I offer thoughts on what the impact of the 2014 Senate elections might be for education reform and for the Department of Education.

June 26, 2014

Somebody Is BS'ing

Some folks in positions of educational import are shading the truth, big time. How do I know this? Because I'm hearing two very different things that can't be reconciled.

June 09, 2014

Thompson: It's Not Just Teachers Who Need to Make Their Peace With Politics

I was struck by some of the feedback to last Thursday's post on the whole "why can't pols get out of schooling?" question. Meanwhile, reform skeptic John Thompson continued our occasional, engaging, correspondence, penning a thoughtful missive that took the blog to heart while arguing that reformers ought be equally willing to make their peace with the ways of liberal democracy. His take is constructive and applies the insights usefully (though you'll note parts that I obviously don't buy), and I agreed to run it as a follow-up.

April 07, 2014

Jeb Bush, the Common Core, and 2016

For those interested in schooling, a potential Jeb Bush candidacy is an altogether good thing. Keep in mind that, for more than a decade, Jeb Bush has been the Right's unquestioned champion of school reform. During his two terms as Florida's governor, he earned a reputation for his ambitious, transformative education agenda. Since leaving office in 2007, Bush has extended his legacy. He launched the influential Foundation for Excellence in Education. He has been the go-to mentor for GOP governors on education and a leading proselytizer for digital learning. Bush's knowledge of education dwarfs that of anyone else in the field. Even if you disagree with him, a Jeb Bush candidacy ensures that education will get its fair share of attention. Now, all that said, a Bush candidacy could also face a fascinating complication from the Common Core.

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