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August 09, 2016

A Stunning Report From the National Conference of State Legislatures

A new report from a bipartisan group of state legislators shows how U.S. states can learn from the world's top performers and build an education system to compete with the very best.

July 07, 2016

Looking for a Good Education Planning Model? Consider Shanghai's

Marc Tucker gives an inside look at how Shanghai developed an education reform agenda that was inclusive, thoughtful and effective.

September 10, 2015

How to Lose Our Leaders: The New Politics of American Education, Part II

Education governance once existed outside of politics in the U.S.. Now, it's nothing but politics.

September 03, 2015

How to Lose Our Leaders: The New Politics of American Education, Part I

The permanent battle zone of education policy is leading to ever shorter tenures for top education leaders and officials. How did it get to this point?

July 16, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization: A Certain Gnashing of Teeth

Those anxious to reverse the aggressive federal role in education resulting from No Child Left Behind should not rush to simply push the pendulum as hard as possible in the other direction.

August 07, 2014

Education Research Comes Up Short

How is it possible that America has the largest educational research establishment in the world yet mediocre student achievement compared to the top performing countries?

June 06, 2014

American Schools - Back to 'Separate But Equal'?

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

May 12, 2014

Weakening the State Education Agency: A Manual

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.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

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.

April 22, 2014

The Proposed Accountability Plan: A Commentary

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.

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