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February 19, 2015

Oklahoma Is Not OK

Out in Oklahoma, a state representative wants to repeal and replace AP US history. Here we go again.

February 14, 2015

The Future Is Now for NCLB... Or Is It?

The battle lines in the debate over ESEA reauthorization—the debate to put NCLB behind us, once and for all—are now as clear as they've ever been, but the bills likely to come out of Congress do more to push an ideological agenda than they do to improve education. Don't expect big changes any time soon.

February 03, 2015

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Look at Another Report Card: Here Comes One From Pre-K

Just when you thought you'd seen it all: along comes a report card for a four-year-old. And it's probably even more ridiculous than you thought it would be.

January 23, 2015

Like I Said: When It Comes to NCLB, Be Careful What You Wish For

Remember a while back when I suggested that maybe efforts to scrap No Child Left Behind might not actually accomplish the goals we really want them to if we think about the larger items on the agenda? Well, it's time to start evaluating what we're up against.

January 15, 2015

'It's Like They're Building the Airplane While It's in the Air'

We've made so many changes to our education system just in the past 15 years that it's hard to keep up with all of them. Worse, we've done it with a sense of impatience and misplaced urgency that would make an impulsive teenager blush. What if we just stopped making changes for awhile and spent some time reflecting on how we got here?

January 12, 2015

This Is What Local Control Looks Like

The fight over common core is often framed as a fight over the limits of federal power—and an expressed desire to protect "local control" of public schools. But what does local control really mean? And is it actually more democratic?

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