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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.

January 29, 2014

Two Visions of the Federal Role

Last night, in the State of the Union, President Obama played it pretty safe when it came to education. He was for more college affordability, higher expectations and performance for K-12, and more pre-K. Not much that anyone is going to object to. Even his oblique reference to "more challenging curriculums" was pretty darn discreet, so much so that I was a little surprised to see analysis so immediately flag it as a veiled reference to the Common Core.

October 07, 2013

Washington's Love Has a Price

The shutdown is an extreme version of federal politics at play, but it also illuminates how dependence on federal funding inevitably sucks a sector or program into the vortex of national politics and federal politicking. A supersized version of this is playing out in health care, where policy thinkers, advocates, and practitioners (of all stripes) find their ideas caricatured amidst the swirling political currents that surround the Affordable Care Act.

July 18, 2013

7 Thoughts on What's Ahead for the Student Success Act

With the House about to move on the Student Success Act (SSA), the NCLB/ESEA reauthorization dance is back in full swing. Reporters are calling, heated e-mails are flying around the Beltway, and policy types are making heated declarations. For what it's worth, here's what's on my mind: 1] The mos...

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court's Fisher Ruling

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 7 to 1 in Fisher v. U. Texas that affirmative action is constitutional, but only within tight constraints. The Court remanded the case to a lower court and instructed it to apply "strict scrutiny" in deciding whether UT's race-conscious admissions policy met the c...

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