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December 01, 2013

Is the Problem Data, the Common Core, or Trust?

While calling for transparency of student, teacher and principal data, policy makers and state leaders ignore calls from the field to have open and honest conversation.

May 15, 2013

Pa. Charter Schools Disregard State's Right-To-Know Law, State Office Says

Many charter schools in the state are not complying with the state's right-to-know law, which requires state-related agencies to disclose certain information to the public.

April 09, 2013

Transparency Watch: Head Start Contest Leaves Us Scratching Our Heads

Guest post by Nirvi Shah So which of the Head Start providers on a watch list by the federal government didn't make the cut during the first attempt at accountability for the decades-old pre-K program? It's hard to say. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services won't, either. Last week...

January 14, 2013

An Open Book in Clark County

Clark County's "Open Book" portal makes it easy for parents, taxpayers, journalists, and critics to view the district's revenue and expenses.

August 20, 2012

Transparency Watch: Why Is Head Start Competition So Secretive?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is not disclosing basic details about the competition in which Head Start providers are having to reapply for their funds.

August 06, 2012

Transparency Watch: Ed. Dept. More Open Than Most Federal Agencies?

The U.S. Department of Education is reducing its backlog of public-information requests, but it still takes the agency more than a month on average to fulfill even the simplest requests.

June 20, 2012

Leaders & Laggards Takes a Hard Look at Higher Ed

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) yesterday published an expansive new state-by-state report on public higher education: Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education. The lead researcher on the effort was my ta...

March 23, 2012

App Helps Figure Odds for Chicago's Elite High School Seats

Parents or guardians who want to know the chances of their child getting into one of Chicago's elite public high schools now have a web app to help do that.

August 12, 2010

Transparency Watch: What the Heck Is in the House Education Spending Bill?

The Senate has already posted its version of the bill online, but the House has yet to reveal details of its version seven weeks after a subcommittee approved it.

April 02, 2010

Of Evaluation and Transparency

The evidentiary standards for i3 have stirred much conversation. On those standards, I've mixed feelings. On the one hand, the i3 criteria have healthfully prompted would-be applicants to think much more seriously about evaluation than has been the norm. Just in the past few weeks, I've heard fro...

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