Traditional Public Schools Respond to Charter Competition

In a free market, economic theory states that competition is the driving force of productivity, supply and demand, and the panacea for monopolistic control.  Education reformers have long sought to build a public  education system that closely resembles the free market with its uninhibited choices, limited government involvement, and private goods. In a recent Education

New York and Others Gain 300 Instructional Hours through TIME Initiative

What would you do with 300 additional hours in a year? Would you take up a cross-stitching? Learn to speak Italian? Or, would you recommit to your ill-fated New Year’s resolution to exercise more? New York’s Rochester Central School District, along with several other districts in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Tennessee are facing this very

Labor market improves but colleges struggle for enrollees

With the emphasis on online college applications and common/universal admissions applications, it is no wonder that the number of submitted college applications is on a steep upward trajectory. The downside to easing the application process, however, is that colleges and universities now face greater uncertainty in determining the actual interest their applicants have in attending their particular university. In

Montgomery County partners with Gallup to survey students, parents, and staff

In a move to “quantify how students feel about school,” the Montgomery County Board of Education approved a policy to measure student engagement, hope, and well-being as supplemental accountability measures. The Washington Post article “Montgomery County measuring ‘hope’ to help improve academic success in schools” highlights the district’s $900,000 partnership with Gallup for three years

Reforming remedial education

I recently attended an event co-hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum and Complete College America entitled Transforming Remedial Education to Improve Postsecondary Attainment. The discussion provided insight into some of the most progressive reforms to remedial education that are taking place at colleges and universities across the country. Unfortunately, not every high school graduate