Career and Technical Education: Quantity vs. quality

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has gained an overwhelming amount of support. Stan Litlow, the leader of the IBM foundation, is quoted saying that CTE “has broad support from business leaders, student organizations, not-for-profit organizations and educators.” In the political spectrum, people from President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy Devos to Randi Weingarten have all

ESSA: What LEAs must consider for local education plans

As state ESSA plans are being approved, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are gearing up to start drafting their plans for their local school districts. Section 1006 in ESSA outlines what LEAs are responsible for to meet their objectives of the approved state plan. Now, I want to break down the policy jargon and clearly explain

Charter schools: new evidence on their impact on school segregation

The Associated Press recently wrote about a study that analyzed charter school student demographics. It found that since the “2014-2015 school year, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99%, and that number has been rising steadily.” In addition, while data reveal that almost equal numbers of

School discipline: Understanding the current debate

On Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a full-day briefing on school discipline policy. The hearing comes at a moment of increasing tension in the debate surrounding racial disparities in the use of exclusionary discipline, like suspensions. While a 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter outlined the duty of districts to ensure that suspensions and expulsions

US 4th-graders earn a B+ in reading

American fourth-graders are good, not great, readers. But they clearly know their way around the Internet. At least that’s one of the lessons to take away from the latest international assessment of nine-year-olds’ reading ability. Earlier this week, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released the results of the 2016 Progress