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“Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition ,” said Senator Henry Clay in 1832. We’ve all bitten from the competition apple, and it tastes pretty good. Today, we have scores of TV channels, hotels, restaurants, car dealerships, and grocery...
A first look at today's most important education news: After the initial drama surrounding the parent-trigger law, Adelanto’s Desert Trails elementary school —under a new charter operator—gets to work improving academic outcomes. (Atlantic) The other day, Secretary Duncan stated clearly that the...
Editor’s note: This article wades into the ongoing debate over private school choice and public accountability. For background see here , here , here , here , and here . Policymaking usually involves trade-offs, finding the right balance between competing objectives and even principles. This is...
A first look at today's most important education news: The New York Times profiles how pre-Kindergarten is having a “moment,” with support starting to stretch across party lines. This week, Gallup is commencing a survey of 30,000 graduates of four-year universities in an attempt to gauge the value...
Ohio Gadfly lauds MC2STEM school, welcomes Dr. Michael Drake to the head of Ohio State University, tries to make sense of a new report discouraging replication of great urban schools (like MC2STEM), and celebrates National School Choice Week.
Last week, State Auditor Dave Yost released the findings of his investigation into data scrubbing in Columbus City Schools. Fordham's Ohio policy minds give their take on the report and what it means for the district going forward.
Note: This post is part of our series, " Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available for streaming ." Be sure to check out our previous Netflix Academy posts on dinosaurs ; aquatic life ; insects ; frogs and other amphibians ; Ancient Asian Cultures ; the Early American civilizations ;...
A first look at today's most important education news: The court case over teacher job protections in California is fully underway, with plaintiffs arguing that the laws hinder the removal of ineffective teachers and disproportionately harm underprivileged students . Los Angeles superintendent John...
We recognize 25 of the best charter schools in Ohio.
Yesterday at AEI’s terrific conference on “ encouraging new and better schools ” via school-choice programs, I presented a paper on what the recently resurgent private-school-choice movement can learn from the 20 years of successes and struggles of charter schooling . I argued that three lessons...

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