With The Cage-Busting Teacher arriving later this month, I'm taking a blogging sabbatical. Here's your lineup of guest stars.

School choice debates often ignore a central issue: the supply side. The supply side has immense creative potential and can shatter existing cartels.

In life, there are doers and there are talkers. In schooling today, I'm afraid that some well-intentioned talkers have forgotten that they aren't actually doers.

Public employees are always subject to political decisions, which may or may not reflect their interests. But here's what they can do to help policymakers help them.

I understand why teachers get frustrated with politicians' involvement in schooling. But I tell them to look with fresh eyes at how things appear to policymakers.

The Cage-Busting Teacher will officially launch in a few weeks. When I talk about it, people naturally want examples—so here's one.

Let's discuss what cage-busting teachers believe, rather than what they are.

A reader's response to Friday's column makes me want to talk more about scaling simple and complex solutions.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Virginia lawsuit about releasing individual teacher evaluation data. Let's revisit what I wrote in 2010 about the L.A. Times reporting that data.

There are at least two ways of thinking about "what works." Which camp are you in?

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