In the third installment of "ESEA Cabin Fever," Rick and Peter address whether the federal government should require specific improvement strategies in low-performing schools.

In the second installment of "ESEA Cabin Fever," Rick and Peter address whether the Department of Education should have to approve state goals for adequate school performance.

What happens when a conservative and a liberal are stuck in a room together? They start with points of agreement, then disagreement, and then you get this Cabin Fever series on ESEA.

I think any substantial push on competitive grants is a dead letter. And I think that's probably a good thing.

The argument that state leaders need "political cover" from Washington is not unreasonable, but here's why I ultimately reject it.

There are many things the federal government cannot do well when it comes to schooling. It's not a "retreat" for NCLB reauthorization to acknowledge that.

The Common Core is becoming less "common." This matters a lot, but has often been ignored in the back-and-forth between supporters and critics.

Yesterday, John Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke at AEI. Here are six takeaways.

People are often disinclined to disagree in good faith and work from there. I've noticed this again with ESEA reauthorization and State of the Union postmortems. Here are two takeaways.

Here's a cheat sheet on what to look for in tonight's State of the Union on K-12, higher education, and early childhood education, and what it's likely to mean in reality.

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