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August 07, 2015

How School Districts Work

School districts have a theory of action but don't or can't express exactly what it is. Naming the theories in use is the first step to designing a system of schools that serves a community well.

July 13, 2015

Education as a Public Good

The emerging vision for learning as a service is requiring more learner and parent decisions than ever. So, with all of the individual choices, how do we protect and advance the public good? The answer to this important question has eight implications for state and local policymakers.

March 19, 2015

Encouraging Respectful Conversation on Religious Diversity

Given the increasing diversity in our classrooms and communities, how do we teach students to respectfully engage with peers of differing religious belief systems?

March 06, 2015

Taylor Swift's $50,000 Donation to NYC Schools Sparks Controversy

Country music star Taylor Swift donated $50,000 of profits from her hit song "Welcome to New York" to the public schools in New York City, according to MSNBC. Unfortunately, her generous gesture didn't get quite the response one would anticipate.

November 23, 2014

How Can Public Schools Thrive in Tough Economic Times?

When the country hits turbulent financial times, like the recent recession years, it takes its toll on the quality of education available in our K-12 schools, and it can even take decades for the true deficiencies to show.

September 24, 2014

Independent Schools in the World: John Chubb Responds to Further Questions

I have been struck by how separate our world is from the public and charter school world--just as I long observed the great divide between public and charter. All of us as educators would do well--learn and improve--from opening lines of communication and participation.

September 16, 2014

Can Public Schools Survive School Choice Initiatives?

Can public schools thrive in a school choice environment? I think so, yes. Options like charter, magnet, private, online and homeschool curricula are not meant to undermine the nation's public schools but to build them up through shared quality standards.

May 13, 2014

Independent School Responsibilities: 'Test Kitchens' and Sustaining a Nation

Independent school students and their families may have absented themselves from public schools, but there is no reason that our practices need to do so. In return for tax-exemptions and public acquiescence to our relatively unregulated existence, why not give back by sharing what we know best: our own experiences related to teaching and learning?

November 07, 2013

North Carolina Teachers Stage a 'Walk-In'

North Carolina teachers, parents, and supporters of public schools staged "walk-ins" this past week to protests cuts in public education. The architect of these bad policies should pay close attention and start listening instead of lecturing.

October 09, 2013

Transforming Our Schools Requires Building Our Democracy

The solutions must be inclusive, equitable, based on solid research, yet driven by the urgency of the problem.

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