Education Matters: National Scholar Calls Alabama Report On Accountability Act “Fairy Dust”

Education Matters: National Scholar Calls Alabama Report On Accountability Act “Fairy Dust” Just to prove they understand “alternative facts,” the Alabama Federation for Children has sent out a news release and a study proclaiming that the Alabama Accountability Act is saving state taxpayers millions of dollars.  You can see ...

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Hands Off My Tenure! – by Joshua Dunn

In recent years, some states have shown an increased interest in reforming tenure practices to make it easier to fire bad teachers in public schools. North Carolina and Colorado illustrate two different approaches to such reform. In both states, unions have sued, claiming that tenure, once granted, is constitutionally protected. The outcomes of ...

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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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