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August 14, 2014

K-12 Workforce Increasingly Reliant on Non-Teachers, Says Report

Teacher aides, and other non-teaching staff make up a much bigger slice of the K-12 workforce than was the case a generation ago.

April 17, 2014

Experts Pick Apart Indiana Standards Set to Replace Common Core

Analysts are weighing in on the final draft of Indiana's new content standards, which are due for approval by the state board on April 28.

February 05, 2014

Study: Districts Vary Widely in the Amount of Time They Spend on Testing

A new study finds that district-imposed tests take far more of teachers' and students' time than do state-mandated assessments.

January 16, 2014

Voucher Students Should Participate in State Tests, Says Fordham

Private schools accepting voucher- and tax-credit-scholarship students should be required to administer state tests to those students and disclose the results, says the Fordham Institute.

October 31, 2013

How to Fight Poverty--and Win

Someday I'd like to write a book on anti-poverty efforts, and I hope it might have the title above. Understanding that my knowledge about this vast topic is still limited, here's a first cut at the basic outline. I think you'll agree that there are quite a few items on the list about which we can agree.

October 24, 2013

What to Do About Richie Rich

Over the course of our dialogue, we've written a lot about children living in poverty and about inequality. But you've been practically daring me to engage on the question of the other end of the spectrum: the children of the rich. OK, fine, I see that resistance is futile!

October 10, 2013

The Especially Deserving Poor

A good many of our policies and programs should be designed to help people with the drive, work ethic, tenacity, and motivation to rise. We should clear any obstacles in their path. We should empower them with opportunities. And, at all costs, we should avoid undercutting their efforts. In short, we should bring an ethos of meritocracy back to our anti-poverty efforts--the same ethos that still works relatively well at the top of our social structures and could work equally well at the bottom.

July 19, 2013

A Chat With the 'Repeal Common Core' Bill Sponsor in Ohio

Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, talked about his bill that would repeal the Common Core State Standards in the state.

May 24, 2013

Are Small Private Schools a Dying Breed?

Chester E. Finn Jr. argues that smaller private and parochial schools must change their pricing and delivery structures to remain viable.

May 07, 2013

To Close the 'Opportunity Gap,' We Need to Close the Vocabulary Gap

We need to stop having these extreme arguments, between "No excuses!" on one side and "It's all about poverty!" on the other. Poverty matters immensely. Schools matter immensely. Let's get on with addressing both.

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