Right now charter schools are educational stars, but they play by a different set of rules than traditional public schools..
Teachers who are certified in science have knowledge that politicians do not.
Educational quality suffers in segregated schools, whether charter or traditional.
Philanthropists can't possibly grasp the enormity of the educational problems they are trying to solve.
The policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District of not charging teachers, but simply informing them that they are under investigation, has created a climate of fear that totally destroys morale.
Can a real education be provided to students when teachers are contractually forbidden from addressing certain real-life issues?
There is room for both democratization and differentiation in our schools, but so far most resources are earmarked for the former.
The challenge is to identify who the best teachers are in a fair and transparent manner and pay them more.
A more accurate picture would require districts to report both the current high school graduation rate and the college-ready rate.
The value-added model is so complex even psychometricians don't fully understand it.