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School Choice, Race & Democratic Schooling The Obama Administration has endorsed school choice--in particular, the promise of charter schools--as a strategy to reform urban education. An army of policymakers, private foundations, education leaders, and parent groups that has long championed school choice has amplified the Administration's assertions with an arsenal of rhetoric related to the purchase power of choice: innovation, accountability, and results.
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The Promise of New State Tests: Two consortia plan better tests, but will they lead to better instruction? Beginning in 2014, students in nearly every state will take assessments on computers that will measure their ability to answer complex problems in reading and mathematics. The results will indicate whether they are on track for college and career readiness, and will be compared across state lines. And teachers will have access to a wide range of tools to help them prepare students to meet challenging standards.
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10 Essential Questions About School Reform Education researcher Jane David and Stanford University education historian Larry Cuban have just published Cutting Through the Hype: The Essential Guide to School Reform. In this interview, David talks about this revised and expanded edition of their popular primer, first published in 2006.
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Q&A with Christopher Lubienski and Peter Weitzel Christopher Lubienski and Peter Weitzel, coeditors of The Charter School Experiment: Expectations, Evidence, and Implications discuss the evolution of the charter school movement, how its goals have changed, and what to expect in the future.
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Another look at Bias in the SAT As the debate on a possible SAT bias continues, I want to address two among the many possible issues.
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Q&A with Frederick Hess and Eric Osberg Frederick M. Hess and Eric Osberg, editors of Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best, on why there has never been a better time to start talking about solutions for successfully managing school budgets.
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This Is the Moment This is the moment when the education field can prove its mettle. Public interest in schools and the political will to improve them have never been higher. If we don't seriously increase the knowledge and competence of today's students, we may bequeath to our children and grandchildren a nation in decline.
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Bias in the SAT? Seven years ago the Harvard Educational Review published an article that inspired great controversy, fiery rebuttals, and highly technical debates. What was the big deal? And why does it matter today?
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The Little Engine That Could When Helen Featherstone agreed in 1985 to be the editor of a new newsletter based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, there was no such thing as e-mail, listservs, Google, RSS feeds, or Twitter.
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If Schools Can’t Spend More, They Need to Spend Differently The recent debate over the president's jobs bill centered on how many teachers would be rescued from layoffs. Little or no discussion was heard about which jobs mattered most. Could anyone have dared suggest adding new positions by cutting existing staff even deeper? This might be heresy, but it is necessity.
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