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October 3, 2017
Student absences are about to have higher stakes in most states. Will cheating follow?
It’s unclear if most states have systems in place to accurately monitor absenteeism data at all.
September 28, 2017
Six things you should know about Betsy DeVos’s tense trip to Harvard
DeVos faced tough questions, as well as a few softballs, at Harvard on Thursday night.
September 28, 2017
Democratic governors boost funding for schools with more black, Hispanic students. (Test scores, not so much.)
Electing a Democrat for governor leads to more money being spent in districts with more students of color.
September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
unions in charters
September 25, 2017
When charter schools unionize, students learn more, study finds
a new study of California schools finds that, far from harming student achievement, unionization of charter schools actually boosts test scores.
across the pond
September 21, 2017
Does England’s rapid expansion of charter-like ‘academies’ hold a lesson for the U.S.?
Is autonomy itself likely to improve schools? A new study offers a sobering answer.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
September 18, 2017
The rise of tax credits: How Arizona created an alternative to school vouchers — and why they’re spreading
With its adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to endorse an innocuously named policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.”
September 14, 2017
Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what?
Education advocates want to have it both ways: they want more teachers of color and to “raise the bar” for the profession with measures that screen out certain groups.
September 13, 2017
This top-rated black teacher may lose her job over one test. Are ‘high standards’ working?
A Baltimore teacher may lose the job she loves because of a single test — an example of how efforts to "raise the bar" can play out on the ground.
September 12, 2017
Certification rules and tests are keeping would-be teachers of color out of America’s classrooms. Here’s how.
Virtually every step in the common teacher certification process risks disproportionately excluding prospective teachers of color.
September 6, 2017
XQ is taking over TV to make the case that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. But is that true?
Is it really the case that high schools haven’t seen real change over the last century?
August 30, 2017
The Great Recession decimated the economy. It also hurt student learning, according to pioneering new study
As the Great Recession was sending economic shockwaves through the country, it was also hurting student learning, according to a new study.
charter kids go to college
August 29, 2017
Do ‘no-excuses’ charter schools lead to success after high school? At one high-profile network, the answer seems to be yes
A new study offers evidence that attending the Chicago-based Noble charter network does help students succeed after high school.
August 28, 2017
When school districts resegregate, more black and Hispanic students drop out
After courts lift school desegregation orders, students of color are more likely to drop out —the latest signal that school segregation harms black and Hispanic kids.
August 27, 2017
Many worry that students of color are too often identified as disabled. Is the real problem the opposite?
New research challenges a piece of common wisdom about special education: that black students are too often told they have a disability.
the consequences of closure
August 24, 2017
Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study
Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according a new study.
August 23, 2017
Unified against Trump, the country’s would-be Democratic governors are divided on education
Coming to a Democratic primary near you: a clash over education issues.
the secretary speaks
August 17, 2017
In departure from Trump, Betsy DeVos calls out ‘racist bigots’ in Charlottesville
The letter was more pointed — describing racist views as “cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong” — than DeVos’ initial tweets on the events.
August 17, 2017
New study deepens nation’s school turnaround mystery, finding little success in Rhode Island
Rhode Island tried to improve its struggling schools without dramatic changes. A new study on those efforts says they didn’t help student achievement.
August 16, 2017
Silicon Valley’s school integration paradox: More black and Hispanic students get to college — and get arrested
New research on schools in Silicon Valley comes to a familiar conclusion: Poor black and Hispanic students get a leg up by attending a less segregated school.
August 15, 2017
National support for charter schools has dropped sharply in last year
Public support for charter schools has declined substantially in the last year, according to a national survey released Tuesday.
August 14, 2017
How community trauma can hurt student learning
Among the many consequences of this weekend's events in Charlottesville: teachers are wondering how the violent displays of racism will affect their students.
August 9, 2017
A new study shows why it’s so hard to improve teacher preparation
Fierce debates have ensued over how to hold teacher training programs accountable. A new study casts doubt on those efforts because It’s hard to identify bad programs.
August 7, 2017
Even with a voucher, families find themselves facing extra fees for private school
A new study finds that families who use a private-school voucher are happy with their choice — but also points to an obstacle that keeps some families from using a voucher at all.
August 4, 2017
No Child Left Behind is dead. But have states learned from it?
Are states really changing course from No Child Left Behind? Are they learning from what many viewed as the problematic aspects of the law ESSA replaced?
Secretary v. secretary
August 1, 2017
Arne Duncan criticizes Betsy DeVos on civil rights, says she hasn’t asked for his advice
When Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, he asked his predecessors for advice. That’s why he’s disappointed that he hasn’t gotten a similar call from Betsy DeVos.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
problems and solutions
July 27, 2017
6 problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and 5 of its ideas for how to reshape the sector
After calling for a temporary ban on new charter schools last year, the NAACP has revealed what would it would take to get the civil rights group to support the sector.
teachers with borders
July 25, 2017
Schools near state lines perform worse — and rules discouraging teachers from moving may be to blame
Want a leg up in school? Don’t attend one near a state border. That’s the surprising finding of a new study published in the Economics of Education Review
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
democrats for school integration
July 20, 2017
Want to reduce racial segregation? Elect a Democrat to school board, study says
A found that electing Democratic school board members leads to less-segregated schools.
a failure of accountability
July 14, 2017
High-stakes testing may push struggling teachers to younger grades, hurting students
it’s a big problem when schools encourage their least effective teachers to work with their youngest students. And a new study says that the pressure of school accountability systems may be encouraging exactly that.
Making the grade
July 13, 2017
New data show more than half of NYC teachers judged, in part, by test scores they don’t directly affect
Just over half of New York City teachers were evaluated in part by tests in subjects or of students they didn’t teach in 2016.
mend it or end it?
July 12, 2017
Why a long-time critic of teacher professional development is arguing against Trump’s push to cut federal funds for it
Dan Weisberg, the president of TNTP was on Capitol Hill this week pushing back against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to Title II funding.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
Updated February 26, 2018
Do school vouchers ‘work’? As the debate heats up, here’s what research really says
Do vouchers raise test scores or lower them? Do they damage public schools or push them to improve? Here's your cheat sheet to the big questions about school vouchers.
act for all
July 10, 2017
When states pay for the SAT or ACT, more poor students go to college
New research finds a simple strategy can modestly boost the share of poor students who go on to college: requiring, and paying for, all students to take the ACT or SAT.
July 9, 2017
Churches running charter schools? The latest Supreme Court decision could open the door in some states
Two legal scholars say that a recent Supreme Court ruling might also pave the way for more charter schools operated by religious groups, including churches.
what betsy's reading
July 5, 2017
Has the charter school movement gone awry? A new book says yes, and it’s causing a stir
What’s needed now, the book’s authors say, is more innovation and less of a focus on test results. That argument prompted Checker Finn to call the book “idiocy.”
June 28, 2017
Yearlong residencies for teachers are the hot new thing in teacher prep. But do they work?
For years, advocates have been trying to put an end to the underprepared novice teacher. Now some think they’ve found an approach that works: teacher residencies.
all vouchers all the time
June 26, 2017
Today in school vouchers: One Supreme Court case and two new studies you should know about
Monday was a busy news day for school vouchers.
Voucher debate update
June 26, 2017
Students given vouchers in Louisiana do worse than their peers. But new research shows some kids catch up
The Louisiana Scholarship Program is the seventh-largest voucher program in the country, serving over 7,000 students.
Voucher debate update
June 26, 2017
First study of Indiana’s voucher program — the country’s largest — finds it hurts kids’ math skills at first, but not over time
The results amount to a Rorschach test for advocates on either side of the issue.
Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)
The idea has a high-profile supporter: The Education Trust, a civil rights and education group now headed by former U.S. Education Secretary John King.
the evolution of research
June 15, 2017
Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools
Here are a few of the big questions that some charter schools researchers are examining — and other important questions that have received little attention.
Updated June 13, 2017
Betsy DeVos to charter school leaders: Your schools ‘are not the one cure-all’
Her remarks hinted at growing divides within the school choice movement.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
June 12, 2017
A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more
Why do some early childhood programs produce big benefits for students, but others don’t? It may have a lot to do with money.
a charter divide
June 12, 2017
Why for-profit charter schools are going out of style with some education reform leaders
Charter advocates were always a "strange bedfellows" coalition. Now, their union is splintering.
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