The parent-trigger law needs clarification to make sure it achieves its intended goals.


Giving a high-school diploma to those who have not earned it harms all stakeholders.


As criticism of public-school teachers mounts, the only college grads making the classroom a career will be missionaries.


Long after subject matter is forgotten, attitudes remain, which no value-added model attempts to measure.


Providing effective home-school instruction alone does not qualify anyone to head a state board of education.


Does sacrificing your own children for a cause make you a better person?


Combat pay has not been effective in luring the best teachers to the worst schools in the U.S.


If subject-matter knowledge is the No. 1 factor for instructional effectiveness, then all professors with doctorates would be star teachers in public schools.


The level of education is not immune to the law of supply and demand.


If teachers oppose collective bargaining, they should refund the portion of the benefits they receive that are tainted by the process.


The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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