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, [...]

Who matters?

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For years, critics of test-based school accountability have pointed out that when schools face pressure to raise students’ scores in math and reading, they tend to respond by doubling down on those two subject areas and cutting back on the teaching of history, art, music, civics, and more. In short, when the spotlight focuses on [...]

The more things change . . . 

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Last month, my 15-year-old son created a Facebook account. He friended me right away, which struck me as a kind gesture (what dad wouldn’t want to be his kid’s No. 1 friend?), but he had nothing nice to say about my homepage. “Seriously? A video of the dog playing with the sprinkler? A photo of me with [...]

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