August 2016 Archives

So just what is this new LEAP initiative, and how will change the status quo?


This week on RHSU, I'll give you the low-down on LEAP, starting with its inception and how it will change its predecessor in the D.C. public school system.


With many things in life, the devil is in the details, the education regulatory process included.


The disconnect between support for closure policy in the abstract and closure policy in reality is illustrated by the fact that very few schools were actually shut down under NCLB or SIG.


School choice programs provide a tangible, highly valued benefit to families—the ability to exert at least some control over where their child goes to school. Once families experience this benefit they will be willing to fight to maintain and expand that benefit.


NAACP's 2016 resolution is not a civil rights victory. Simply opposing charters does not solve our nation's education challenges.


The new NAACP charter resolution rejects charters as a means of supporting quality education for all children. But aren't teachers, parents, and other stakeholders opening charter schools to help exactly who the NAACP says it wants to help—black, brown, and poor students across the US?


What to make of NAACP's new moratorium on federal charter school programs? Gerard Robinson discusses.


Just as ESSA requires a non-tested measure for school assessment purposes, these college measures could build confidence that just the experience of college gives some benefit to less-academically prepared students.


ESSA's big change was to enhance both local control and equal treatment. By definition, these work at cross-purposes, ensuring that the politics of ESSA will be contentious.


ESSA was meant to move beyond NCLB's widely-panned proficiency obsession, but governors and legislators aren't likely to stray too far from simplistic NCLB-era accountability.


If state and system leaders seize the opportunity and think creatively, they could craft an education agenda dedicated to the proposition that All Kids Matter, to improve all schools and help all students.


Claims on the harm of school suspensions are only true up to a point, and accepting them without qualification can lead to tradeoffs that may do much greater harm than good to students and schools.


When it comes to state spending and enrollment, pre-K advocates might be surprised to learn that Red States come out rather ahead of Blue States.


We know that parents don't particularly value test scores when choosing a school; things like school safety, a socially welcoming environment, a motivating sense of mission matter a great deal, too.


Max Eden makes the case that education reform has gotten off track and that part of the reason why is a tendency toward a party-line take on questions that deserve more scrutiny.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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