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May 29, 2014

'Urban' Schools and Other Euphemisms

Meier: It's amazing the lengths to which we will go to avoid the questions that surround poverty and segregation, and how useful instead it has been to focus our animosity on schools.

May 22, 2014

We Need a Strong Alliance for Schools

Meier: States are making it easier to hand over our schools to private interests or providing money to existing private schools.

May 14, 2014

Narrowing the Income Achievement Gap

Heather Schwartz: Given the size of the problem, no single reform is going to eliminate the income achievement gap.

April 24, 2014

Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs

Meier: I also recognized that the new "reformers" used this to argue that their approach could be implemented, top-down, which would make it easier to replicate.

April 01, 2014

Is School Reform Needed or Not?

Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.

March 27, 2014

Choice: For Shareholders or Stakeholders?

Meier: Neighborhood schools have some important advantages in terms of political democracy, precisely by encouraging people to talk across class and race. Alas, not many contain such mixtures!

March 25, 2014

Choice Is Messy. So Be It.

Pondiscio: Belief in creationism troubles me less than a belief in learning styles, for which there is roughly equal scientific support.

March 20, 2014

Why Voting Beats 'Voting With One's Feet'

Meier: I've discovered, painfully, that my championship of choice for many years has turned into a monster.

March 18, 2014

Deborah Meier, Libertarian?

Pondiscio: Having standards to which all publicly funded schools are held accountable doesn't strike me as an undue burden.

January 31, 2014

School Choice in Mississippi: Would Public Charter Schools Help?

So are public charter schools a solution to the K-12 crisis in Mississippi? I think it is certainly a topic that deserves some serious discussion and not just in the form of ineffective laws that are not actionable. Allowing the establishment of charter schools in Mississippi could be the answer to the academic underachievement that plagues Mississippi. It certainly couldn't make it any worse.

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