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When given options, do we always choose the best one?
School choice is all over the news. John Oliver recently lambasted charter school programs. Donald Trump promised $20 billion to increase parents’ choice options.  The NAACP has called for a moratorium on new charter schools. But how does school choice play out for ordinary families? In essence, parents have two routes to exercise their consumer […]
Do we need to declare a crisis to fix the teacher pipeline?
Is the U.S. suffering from a teacher shortage? Or (more presciently) is a teacher shortage looming? Whether backward or forward-looking, the media and a litany of researchers (ourselves included) have pondered, studied and reported on this and related questions with increasing frequency. The non-profit, non-partisan Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is the latest think-tank to examine […]
What Works Clearinghouse
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, released its updated website today, and it is pretty spectacular: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc IES sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence for education policies and practices.  Their new website makes it easier for policy makers to find evidence-based policies, which is especially […]
Do we get what we pay for?
The U.S. spends more to educate its students than most of the other 35 countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), yet by some measures we don’t seem to get much benefit from our expenditures.  Is this a fair accusation? Bruce Baker and Mark Weber, on behalf of the […]
Americans’ Views on Education
What do Americans think about our current educational system?  PDK released its 48th annual poll of Americans’ views on education today.  The results show some differences between current policies and how Americans believe schools should operate.  Here are our favorite highlights: Most illogical: 48% of respondents gave their local schools an “A” or “B” grade, […]
Pre-Kindergarten
Investing in high-quality pre-kindergarten education yields benefits for kids, school, and communities.
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Data First
How good are your schools? How can they improve? Data can provide answers.
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