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Learning from school reform failures 


What can education leaders, advocates, and policy makers learn from the failures of recent high-profile school reform initiatives?  By Jay P. Greene and Michael Q. McShane  Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.  — Samuel Beckett  American education is littered with failed reforms. Across the country, we see charter schools that have [...]

Libraries offer freedom from reading level limitations

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The stories of two 1st graders demonstrate why students need spaces where they can choose what, when, and how they read.  By Alyson Rumberger  Mark and James attend City Partnership School, which is located in a historically Black urban neighborhood in the northeastern United States. Like many elementary schools across the country, City Partnership uses a [...]

Big money and its influence on K-12 education: An interview with Sarah Reckhow 


Kappan’s editor talks with Sarah Reckhow about her research into the ways the Gates Foundation and other big spenders have influenced K-12 education.  By Rafael Heller  KAPPAN: In preparation for this issue of Kappan, we compiled a list of all the people who wield power and influence over K-12 education, from the local level to state capitals to Washington, D.C. [...]

The case of teacher evaluation: Who do state policy makers listen to?

Education, home blogs|

  As states are being given more freedom to develop their own policies on teacher evaluation and tenure, a survey reveals which voices are most likely to influence policy.  By Rachel S. White  While state governments have had a heavy hand in teacher preparation, licensure, and certification policy for over a century (American Association of Colleges [...]

The relentless education journalism beat 

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Education journalists have been working hard this year, and that’s exactly what we need.  Although the traditional academic calendar year is closing, the news about education will no doubt keep on coming. Education reporting, once limited to the non-summer months, is now a serious full-time beat for many news outlets. Back in the day, education [...]

Reducing suspensions or building relationships? Reframing the problem 

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     Setting numerical goals to remove discipline disparities doesn’t get at the deeper issues.  Whenever I hear education policy wonks arguing about the topic of student suspensions, I’m reminded of the Rorschach tests I learned about in Psychology 101. Show people an inkblot, the theory goes, and the picture that jumps out at them (a [...]

Power, influence, and déjà vu 

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 Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), one of ESSA’s coauthors, has made one thing abundantly clear: The law prohibits the federal government from acting as a “national school board.” No longer can the U.S. Department of Education compel states to adopt its favored policies on academic standards, [...]

What Janus means for teachers unions 

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The Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling on whether public employees, including teachers, can be required to pay union fees.  Nearly every U.S. Supreme Court case is significant, but this year brings a remarkable case with the potential of overturning 40-year-old precedent and dramatically changing public employment law. On February 26, the U.S. Supreme [...]

Teacher fed up with administrators who bad-mouth central office officials 

Career, Career Confidential|

Q: I'm a teacher who's training to become an administrator. I've become friends with directors in central office as a result. What's a good way to stand up for them when my school administrators (a.k.a. my bosses) publicly discredit their work in meetings with colleagues? The principal and his assistant principals give off this vibe of, "Central people don't [...]

Making the most of instructional coaches


  Although coaching shows promise for professional development, some instructional coaches are spread too thin to focus on instruction. By Britnie Delinger Kane and Brooks Rosenquist Instructional coaching is among the fastest-growing forms of support for teachers’ professional learning (Darling-Hammond et al., 2009), and for good reason. When compared to other common forms of teacher [...]

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