The Edifier

The First Amendment and public schools

Can a high school athlete take a knee during the national anthem? Can teachers participate in off-campus political action? Is student protest protected speech?

We Americans are accustomed to speaking our minds with the expectation that we won’t be arrested or silenced no matter how unpopular our words. While there are a few, narrow limits to the practice — we can’t defame with malice or incite others to violence, for example — it’s no accident that the...

Lessons from Bush and Obama education reform efforts

Earlier this week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a forum that asked researchers and policymakers what education reform efforts, under the Obama and Bush administrations, have taught us about K-12 education. The day-long event was chalked full of experts including four panels with researchers from higher ed institutions like the University of Virginia and Brown University and former Department of Education officials like Joanna Weiss, who was chief of staff to Arne Duncan and...

Some takeaways about the U.S. education from 2017

Ed Week recently published an article that highlighted 10 different education statistics from data reports that were released in 2017. The article provided a broad overview of different data that was collected relating to various aspects of education policies. My aim is to highlight three of the data points mentioned in the article and explain what the data tells us and why it may have led to...

Career and Technical Education: Quantity vs. quality

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has gained an overwhelming amount of support. Stan Litlow, the leader of the IBM foundation, is quoted saying that CTE “has broad support from business leaders, student organizations, not-for-profit organizations and educators.” In the political spectrum, people from President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy Devos to Randi Weingarten have all praised CTE. So the question is, what does this idea that has brought together people that usually have opposing...

ESSA: What LEAs must consider for local education plans

As state ESSA plans are being approved, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are gearing up to start drafting their plans for their local school districts. Section 1006 in ESSA outlines what LEAs are responsible for to meet their objectives of the approved state plan. Now, I want to break down the policy jargon and clearly explain the priorities LEAs need to have moving forward with their plan development.

Stakeholder Engagement

Under ESSA, LEAs are required to...

Charter schools: new evidence on their impact on school segregation

The Associated Press recently wrote about a study that analyzed charter school student demographics. It found that since the “2014-2015 school year, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99%, and that number has been rising steadily.” In addition, while data reveal that almost...