Discussing the implications of the Vergara v. California case, Marc Tucker finds that teacher unions are at a critical crossroads - they can either fight to maintain blue collar working conditions or decide that they want to be true professionals and take on the associated compensation, status, risk and obligations.


A look at Switzerland's vocational education system and what the United States could stand to learn from their success.


Marc Tucker explains how housing segregation leads to school segregation and calls for reforming our school finance system.


In order to meet the demands of our workforce, the United States must build a strong vocational education and training system and provide students who want to pursue this path with much stronger academic skills then they currently have now.


Success in improving teacher quality should be measured by our country's ability to transform teaching from a blue-collar occupation to a high-status profession, not by our ability to implement teacher evaluation systems.


A look at a recent report from the Fordham Institute which advocates weakening state education agencies. Marc Tucker explains that to the contrary, a better education system in the United States will come through stronger, better equipped state education agencies, not weaker ones.


How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.


A call for changing the culture of schools so that teachers are accountable to their professional colleagues and have more time during school hours to collaborate.


Marc Tucker describes the professional role of teachers in his proposed state accountability plan.


Marc Tucker lays out his vision for an effective state accountability program including strategies to address low-performing schools.


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