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The Three Faces of a New Era of School Improvement

John Thompson | Posted 10.04.2016 | Education
John Thompson

NPR Ed reached out to education leaders from across the country and found that "some education leaders are rushing to embrace the newly frank conversa...

The Future of Test-Driven Accountability Is Bleak

John Thompson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
John Thompson

The best single prediction for the top education stories of 2015 was made by the conservative Rick Hess who anticipates: Proposals for "Smart" Policy...

A Revelation Regarding the Common Core Sale: Evidence Is Needed

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Know who wins in the absence of empirical evidence to support a standards-to-promised-CCSS-results connection given that the nation is now in the middle of the CCSS mud?

The Gates Purchase of a 'Success' Narrative

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Billionaire Bill Gates funds the media. This is no surprise to me. What did surprise me is the discovery that he meets with the media he funds (and others) regularly behind closed doors.

A Dialogue With the Gates Foundation About School Reform

John Thompson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Once again, I would like to thank the American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess and the Gates Foundation's Steve Cantrell for a dialogue on school ref...

'Repeal and Replace' Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess writes that Common Core critics have raised valid concerns but they've failed to put forward a "notion" ...

The American Enterprise Institute, Common Core, and 'Good Cop'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

If Bill Gates really wanted AEI to critically address problems associated with CCSS, it would not have paid AEI to do so two years following CCSS completion. No, no. This is no critical appraisal of CCSS. This is CCSS promotion.

Joy Resmovits

What's That Stack Of Money Doing Near The Stock Exchange? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- While cash and Wall Street go hand-in-hand, the College Board is hoping that a 6-foot-tall display of (fake) hundred-dollar bills placed n...

Rick Hess: Extending The School Year For Everybody 'A Really Bad Idea'

Posted 08.08.2012 | Education

July 9 was the first day of school for 26,000 students in North Carolina's Wake County Schools on a year-round calendar. But year-round schools, wh...

Joy Resmovits

Shuttering Education Department Tougher Than Rick Perry Thinks | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Though Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a blank during last week's debate when trying to list the federal agencies he'd shut down as president, he didn't fo...

Is School Renovation Really the Change We Seek?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As I look at Obama's jobs plan I'm wondering if anyone else has made a simple observation about his idea to renovate America's crumbling public school buildings: Is this really the change we seek?

Obama's Speech to Congress: So Why Am I Skeptical?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

We've witnessed several years of this administration generally unconcerned about rising class sizes and teacher layoffs. The truth is that for the past two years, their priorities have pointed in an entirely different direction.

Why I Still Think President Obama Can Bring Us Together

John Thompson | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I used to think that Barack Obama would follow Abraham Lincoln in bringing us together. I read he adopted a balanced, "team of rivals" approach to foreign policy and domestic challenges. Now, I think I know why his education policy is the big exception.

Why I'm More Interested in Learning Than Reform

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

As interesting (and maddening) as education politics are, I'm going to leave the reporting and analysis to others. I plan to stay focused on the future of learning -- that's where the solutions will emerge.

Joy Resmovits

Report: Businesses Can't Just Be 'Pawns' In Education Reform | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

America's business leaders say they want to fix education, but they don't know how to do so effectively. As a result, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ...

'Greenfield' vs. 'Brownfield' Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Education "reformers" have found an ideal metaphor when describing Advanced Academics as the archetypical "greenfield school," or a school freed from...

New Book Takes Aim at Ed Reformers and Status Quo Defenders

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

Author Rick Hess argues that we aren't willing to start from scratch in our thinking about what it means to be a teacher in the 21st Century.

The Transformative Power of Failure?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Can failure transform us in important -- and healthy -- ways? Should we champion failure as much as we do success? And in the field of education, should we learn not just to live with but to love leaders who fail?