Making ESSA Work in the States – by Frederick Hess

It may not be as sexy as the debates over vouchers, Detroit charter schools, “privatization,” or grizzly bears that have dominated the agenda over the past month or two, but the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues apace. Indeed, in some states, the work has been underway for the better part of a year and rolls on ...

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Tweets as a Window Into Foundation Strategy – by Jay P. Greene

I’ve been trying to get a better understanding of what strategy major education reform foundations are actually trying to pursue.  I’ve read their mission statements and strategy documents, but it’s hard to know what to make of these vague declarations.  Instead, I decided that we might get a more accurate sense of foundation strategy by ...

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UCLA Center X: The Struggle for Educational Justice in the Age of Trump

UCLA Center X: The Struggle for Educational Justice in the Age of Trump This week’s Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos ushers in the Trump era of education policy. And this era demands new ways of thinking about and acting for educational justice. Some of what is needed has long been the hallmark of educational justice ...

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We Have to Say More About Teacher Evaluation Reforms Than Just “They Didn’t Work” – by Chad Aldeman

In a piece for Education Next released last month, I looked at the Obama-era push for better teacher evaluation systems. As states and cities turn the page on that particular set of reforms, I wanted to pause and reflect on what we can learn from the last eight years. In the piece, I nodded toward some of the successes of that effort but spent ...

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