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|

Big change on both sides of the pond

Two countries confronting worries about jobs and immigration see solutions tied to education. A brief vacation in London earlier this year gave me the opportunity to chat with some education [...]

February 27th, 2017|

Choice for Secretary of Education

The new Secretary of Education is likely to have a hard time pushing her school choice agenda. Donald Trump’s selection of billionaire Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education [...]

January 23rd, 2017|

Next up: Team DeVos

After all the fuss and drama associated with a presidential campaign, election, and inauguration, you’d think most political types would want to step away from the fray and go into [...]

January 6th, 2017|

One step forward, two steps back in Maryland

The influence of a single industry seems to be swaying policy makers to introduce changes in the school calendar at a time when national leaders are calling for more and [...]

November 28th, 2016|