House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) was speaking recently at the release of the Brookings Institution’s latest report on Education Choice and Competition. Calling these policies “an education revolution,” the House leader baldly stated, “school choice is the surest way to break [the] vicious cycle of poverty.” Not “a solid education.” School choice. The Brookings’
It’s September and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for competing polls about what Americans think about public education. True to form, with all the asking — and in some cases, prodding — anyone can sift through the results and find support for their own agendas. Like charter schools? We’ve got that covered.
A couple weeks ago I blogged that it seemed there were as many defenders of standardized testing as there were defenders of Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong. My perception was influenced by the many blogs and news articles I continually read as well as the number of conversations I have had with researchers, policymakers, and
If turning around a persistently low-performing school were easy, we would not have persistently low-performing schools. In truth, schools that languish at the academic bottom are more often an ongoing source of frustration for the hard-working teachers, parents and students who attend them and the districts that manage them. Yet new laws that give parents
It may be one of the least controversial statements in American education: Parent involvement can make a difference in a child’s education. The misunderstanding can come, though, on how to define that involvement. Do all the PTA meetings, take-home flyers and Back to School nights actually generate increases in student achievement? The Center for Public