The Education Gadfly Daily

I have been blessed with a few decades worth of work in education policy, and I have never seen a moment with more potential. While it is possible and valid to reflect on the last twenty years and be disappointed that we didn’t make blistering-fast progress, it’s just as valid to be proud of the...
A first look at today's most important education news: The Education Department will allow public charter schools to weight their lotteries for disadvantaged student groups without losing federal grants . Checker hates it , but Mike loves it . (Washington Post , Charters & Choice , Chalkbeat ,...
On the K–12 education front, the president made no news and no big mistakes. He scarcely even mentioned teachers. Save for “Race to the Top,” he mentioned none of his administration’s more controversial (and sometimes worthy) initiatives such as charter schools, teacher evaluations, and state...
Today, Bellwether released a new report on the promise of charter schooling in rural America —and the very real challenges facing it. The paper is part the ROCI initiative , a two-year project on rural education reform funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation . Though I’ve been working...
Mike Petrilli and Rick Kahlenberg are among my favorite people (I don’t know Sam Chaltain, although I might like him, too), but their piece in Sunday’s Washington Post smacks of nanny-statism rather than school choice and educational effectiveness. (Rick has had such tendencies for a while.) What...
Checker thinks that Sam Chaltain, Rick Kahlenberg, and I are engaging in “nanny-statism” when we propose a form of “controlled choice” in strategic locations of Washington, D.C., which he likens to “forced busing” and “social engineering.” Has Checker been watching That 70s Show ? (Or maybe...
A first look at today's most important education news: The State of the Union was unusually light on education, though President Obama did touch on early-childhood education, ed tech, college access, and (of course) Race to the Top. For a fun #SOTU social-media rundown, check out InTheCapital . (...
Last night, President Obama promised to use the stroke of his pen to push forward initiatives upon which Congress refuses to act. In the education realm, this is nothing new (see: conditional ESEA waivers) and generally nothing to cheer. But just this morning, the U.S. Department of Education took...
President Obama is leaving us on the edge of our seats as to whether he will discuss certain topics in tonight's State of the Union address. But it is a near certainty that he will talk at length about economic mobility and poverty. While we think that's a good thing, we do wish the President would...
Mr. President: please , please , please , please , please , please don’t mention the Common Core.

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