Education policy

Fordham Institute’s accountability design competition: A healthier mess

I will be in Washington early next week participating in the Fordham Institute’s design competition for state accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act. I will be one of ten submitters making (very short!) presentations late afternoon Tuesday, February 2 (3:30-5:30 EST). The complete list of design sketches is available now (whether or not the […]

Scholarly impacts, brief notes

Today is the start of the semester at ASU, and short-term projects are following me around this month like lost puppies, so time to respond to Rick Hess’s list from last week has been short. A few brief notes: In the “nice to be mentioned” category: For some reason, I have not yet dropped off […]

Top education news stories of 2015, to an historian

This was a very busy year for education news: twenty major news stories follow, and I am restricting myself to the United States. The Every Student Succeeds Act passed at the end of the year, ending many of No Child Left Behind’s straightjacket rules and putting limits on the federal Department of Education. This is […]

Charter-school narratives and presidential-election politics

Charter-school expansion advocates have responded quickly and energetically to remarks Hillary Clinton made at last Friday’s televised Democratic candidate forum in South Carolina: The original idea behind the charter schools… was to learn what worked and apply them in the public schools. And here’s a couple of problems. Most charter schools, I don’t want to say every […]

Duncan’s legacy: The cold take

The Conversation has just published a short piece on Arne Duncan’s legacy by ASU doctoral student Amanda Potterton and me. Below is the full text and then some comments on the writing process and what we left out: Arne Duncan’s legacy: growing influence of a network of private actors on public education Sherman Dorn and Amanda […]