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December 13, 2016

The Betsy DeVos Agenda: What the Evidence Says

My recent New York Times op-ed and a longer version of the piece that appeared in Education Next seem to have sparked a raucous debate over DeVos and her ideas. I'm glad for that much. We need a rich debate on these important issues, and that's why I'm taking the unusual step of a third round of comment.

August 25, 2016

What Baton Rouge Means: From Alton Sterling and the Great Flood to School Reform

In light of recent events, I am taking a brief break from my usual focus on urban education research and policy to discuss events in Baton Rouge that are relevant to schooling but have broader significance.

August 03, 2016

Even with New Trump-et, Republican Platform Sings Same Tune

After commenting on the Democratic platform on education, I'm turning to the Republican side. While the tensions are clearly more intense on the Democratic side (hardly surprising after 8 years with a Democratic president), the Republicans are threading their own needles.

July 25, 2016

The Democratic Platform: More of a Victory for Reformers Than It Seems

It's convention time for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and I'll take turns discussing their education platforms, which are a useful windows into the current status of political debates and harbingers of compromises to come. I'll start with Democrats.

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