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November 03, 2016

Reading, Writing, and Concentrated Poverty

Marc Tucker explores the challenges facing educators in America's high-poverty, low-achievement schools.

October 27, 2016

Separate But Equal: It Wasn't Then, It Isn't Now

Marc Tucker looks at how, despite various efforts to thwart it, racial and economic segregation in education, and society, are on the rise.

September 08, 2016

Time for the Democrats to Rethink Education Policy

In the second piece of a series, Marc Tucker argues that it's time for the Democrats to overhaul their approach to improving public schools.

August 18, 2016

(Another) Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

In response to Checker Finn's open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Marc Tucker outlines in his own letter how the philanthropists can achieve the results they seek in their work to improve U.S. schools.

June 23, 2016

High Poverty, High Achievement in Hong Kong

Marc Tucker details a recent visit to a school in a high-poverty Hong Kong neighborhood and asks: Could such a success story happen in the United States?

April 28, 2016

The Wisdom of Old Books

Marc Tucker shares and discusses some of the books that have over the decades informed, shaped, challenged and broadened his thinking on education.

November 05, 2015

The NAEP Results: Time for a Long Perspective

Speculation on the cause of the drop in this year's NAEP scores ignores the real problem: The most important long-term NAEP measures are pretty much the same as they were 40 years ago.

July 01, 2015

Why Some Economies Grow and Others Don't

This week Marc Tucker reviews a new book by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann showing that quality of education has a major impact on a nation's economy

February 12, 2015

Inequality and Education

Public schools were once the engines of social and economic mobility in the U.S., but that is no longer the case. In fact, the very design of our education system is in many ways contributing to the nation's growing income inequality.

September 18, 2014

To Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody: Really?

Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."

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