Policymakers

You Can’t Follow the Money if You Can’t See the Books

Raise your hand if you have no idea 1) how much your local schools are funded by the state, 2)…

What Companies Do With Kids’ Data

A thoughtful, provocative, and well-informed essay about the commodification of data in education, courtesy of Audrey Watters. It happened to…

President Trump on Education

Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about.  In recent decades, education has been framed as in a…

An Assemblyman’s Response to New York Education Reform

Under the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top initiative, states like New York opted to compete for federal money and…

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…

Andrew Cuomo on the Problem of the Word “Schools”

It’s easy to get frustrated with politicians who talk about education.  They tend to reduce the issues in education to…

How Did That Race to the Top End?

Race to the Top is the Obama Administration’s education reform initiative.  It overlapped with former President Bush’s No Child Left…

How One Researcher Sums Up the Difference between Charter and Public Schools

Few topics in education stoke debate like charter schools.  Whether in the form of longform comedy bits like this one…

Become a Teacher by Mail (1888)

In just ten weeks, you too can become a teacher.  And by mail, no less!  Here’s an advertisement from a…

UVA Law Professor Breaks Down School Desegregation and Why It’s About Way More than Schools

Watch Professor Risa Goluboff at UVA discuss Brown v. Board of Education in plain English. In particular, note how she argues…

Rerouted the Pipeline? Now Rebuild the Schools.

Native Americans have the lowest graduation rate than any other demographic. Period.  Their schools have been systematically neglected for decades.…

White Students Get Experienced Teachers, While Black Students Get Police In School [via HuffPo]

“I don’t think there’s any way you could look at this data and not come away with a tremendous sense…

David Berliner on Where Teacher Evaluation Goes Wrong

No one makes so compelling and cogent a case for how policymakers have gone so far adrift in trying to introduce…

Segregation and the (New York) City [via NYT]

A timely read on how segregation is perpetuated in public education, even under the banner of equity. The New York City…

Here’s how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health [via The Conversation]

Children who report high levels of exposure to violence (either as witness or victim) report the highest levels of depression,…

Literacy and Immigration in 1916

Testing in schools can often sound simply a matter of objective measures.  But a closer look at history shows the…
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