The relentless education journalism beat 

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 [...]

April 30th, 2018|

The plight of Puerto Rico

    What does the future hold for Puerto Rico’s public schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria? When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last fall, it became the [...]

March 26th, 2018|

What’s on the horizon for education policy?

    What will education policy makers be talking about in the months ahead — and what should they talk about? At the start of each new year, it is [...]

February 26th, 2018|

New tax plan provides little cheer for education

      If how you spend your money signals your values, then the Republican-led Congress is sending a clear message about education.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, [...]

January 16th, 2018|

Stand up for good research 

    In the Trump era, evidence-based policy making appears to be on the wane at the federal level. However, states can and should embrace the best of education research.   [...]

November 27th, 2017|

3 ways Congress can support public education 

By taking policy positions that are out of step with public opinion, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could trigger some bipartisan actions by Congress. For many of us in Washington, the [...]

October 23rd, 2017|

Could American support for public education be slipping?

According to this year’s PDK poll, many parents would be willing to abandon public schools if a voucher were dangled before them. Is this really a shift in public opinion [...]

September 24th, 2017|

A new push for integrating college and career preparation?

  This year’s PDK poll reveals a sharp rise in public support for integrating academic and career preparation. By Maria Ferguson What a difference a year can make. In fall [...]

August 29th, 2017|

The shape of the federal role in education

No matter what President Trump and Secretary DeVos might claim, their power to influence K-12 education is limited — significant, but limited. Just about everybody thinks they’re an expert on [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Good time to be a data nerd

Despite the Trump administration’s worrisome embrace of “alternative facts,” education researchers have cause for optimism: They now have access to richer and more reliable data than ever before.  Using data [...]

March 27th, 2017|