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Conor Williams

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Education Reform Opponents Are Education Policy's Libertarians

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:54 AM

I was reading House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) op-ed in Monday's Washington Post when something occurred to me: he either doesn't have the foggiest idea how to get the economy going again or he doesn't plan on it. The column is predictable, in light of the GOP's...

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Twilight for Education Policy's Idols

(12) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 1:53 PM

One of the most frustrating things about the current education reform wars is the cults that form around dominant personalities. Education reformers coalesce around former New York City Education Chancellor Joel Klein and Waiting for "Superman" director Davis Guggenheim. Their opponents rally around Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, and American...

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Towards Truly Progressive Education Unions

(41) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 4:15 PM

For reasons that I couldn't at first identify, I struggled to take a side on last month's battles over collective bargaining in Wisconsin. It wasn't clear what a truly progressive position on the firestorm would be. I found myself pulled in both directions. Then I read a post...

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Finding the Most Powerful Levers for Fixing Struggling Schools

(18) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 9:34 AM

Last Friday, I attended the unveiling of a Center for American Progress report titled "Turning Around the Nation's Lowest-Performing Schools." Karen Baroody, of Educational Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS), authored and presented the report. ERS consults with districts on how to efficiently turn around poor performance --...

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Educational Productivity and the Reform Wars

(13) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 1:29 PM

Since education reform debates are too frequently bereft of data, everyone with an interest in improving student outcomes should celebrate this new report from Ulrich Boser at the Center for American Progress.

Titled "Return on Educational Investment: A district-by-district evaluation of U.S. educational productivity," the report...

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