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Hysteria to revised AP history framework shows prioritizing is hard
History is the most difficult subject to write K-12 standards for, and for one simple reason: the discipline is bursting with information. There’s not enough time, even over 13 years of public schooling, to teach students everything that is good to know in the subject. Of course, that doesn’t stop pundits and parents from protesting […]
LFA hosting a Twitter Town Hall on Common Core
The Learning First Alliance (LFA) is a partnership of leading national education associations, including NSBA.  On July 24, 2014 at 8 pm ET, LFA will host a Twitter Town Hall on “Getting Common Core Implementation Right.” According to their announcement: This town hall will provide an opportunity for teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members, parents […]
Do charter schools really get more bang for the buck?
A new study from the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas claims that charter schools are 40 percent more productive than traditional public schools. They found that for every $1000 invested, charter schools obtain approximately a year and half more in student learning than traditional public schools — meaning, in essence, charter […]
How productive is your district?
Since the onset of the great recession, most states have been implementing higher academic standards while simultaneously cutting funding for their public schools. Basically, school districts across the country have been asked to do more with less. As I wrote in Cutting to the Bone there is simply no fat left to cut to enable […]
School choice in Sweden isn’t working
Earlier this week, Slate ran this analysis of school choice in Sweden that should be required reading for everyone who makes public school policy in the U.S. as well as those who write about it. I encourage everyone to read it for themselves. But briefly, the author describes how Sweden came to adopt Milton Friedman’s […]
Investing in high-quality pre-kindergarten education yields benefits for kids, school, and communities.
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All in Favor
Why is it important to vote in local school board elections and questions you should ask about candidates.
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