Sabrina Truong

Where is the outrage about the pipeline to prison for gifted students?

By Florina Rodov and Sabrina Truong

NEW YORK — Our table at La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights, New York, buzzed with excitement as we reunited with our former students, whom neither of us had seen in a year, since we transitioned to other jobs. While the other graduating seniors fretted about college loans, Lamont regaled us […]

Phillip B. Levine

College pricing data by income level: Do the right thing

By Phillip B. Levine

Social policy analysis is only as good as the data on which it relies. In “Colleges that Pledged to Help Poor Families have been Doing the Opposite,” Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker draw conclusions based on inadequate federal data. In their article, they claim that even the 100 higher education institutions that pledged to […]

Sharon P. Robinson is the president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Burdensome, restrictive, flawed: Why proposed federal regulations for teacher preparation programs are a cause for concern

By Sharon Robinson

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released for public comment proposed regulations concerning teacher preparation programs across the country. The proposed rules not only manifest federal overreach but also present an unfunded mandate that would result in a significant fiscal impact at the state and potentially even the local level. In addition, they will […]


The FCC must vote to lift the cap on E-rate funding to bridge the achievement gap

By Mark Edwards

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – When President Obama visited our school district in June 2013 to unveil his ConnectEd initiative which would create high-speed broadband and wireless Internet in 99 percent of schools within five years, Mooresville Graded School District understood the importance of following through with this initiative. The FCC vote to raise the cap on […]

Dr. Donald Aguillard

How longer days helped struggling middle schoolers, other lessons, from the turnaround in St. Mary Parish

By Donald Aguillard

CENTERVILLE, Louisiana — We knew bold action was needed in St. Mary Parish Public School System a decade ago. Our test scores lagged behind the state average. We had several schools in academic assistance. There were large disparities in the reading proficiency of student subgroups. Over the past 10 years, we’ve launched a number of […]

Jennifer Davis

How a Massachusetts school narrowed the achievement gap through more, better learning time

By Jennifer Davis

The summer of 2012 was a dizzying time for Lori Butterfield, the principal of the Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. A new school year loomed, and Guilmette students were 20 points below the state average in literacy proficiency. The school district had empowered Butterfield, and all of Lawrence’s principals, to make the changes they […]

Lessons of Hope book cover

Lessons of nope: Joel Klein fails to educate us on how to fix our schools

By Aaron Pallas

Part memoir, part policy brief, and part sales pitch, Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools (HarperCollins, 2014) is an odd book. Klein was at the center of a whirlwind of activity in the New York City public school system, serving from 2002 to 2010 as the first Chancellor under mayoral control. […]

Timothy Abrams

How will my Mississippi Delta students succeed in college if they can’t understand what they read?

By Timothy Abram

Ninety-eight percent of the people who work in my occupation are different than me: I fall in the less than 2 percent of teachers who are black males. I am from Mississippi, a state perpetually plagued by its scholastic underperformance, where I recently graduated from the University of Mississippi and was accepted into Teach For […]

Tony L. Talbert

An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context

By Tony L. Talbert and Jason Trumble

Every student arrived with a smartphone. Ask a question, and instantly, thumbs began to effortlessly search for a digital answer. High school history had changed during my 21 year absence from teaching it. Now a professor of education at Baylor University, I returned to a local area public high school last fall on a research […]

Peter Cunningham

Is school reform progressive?

By Peter Cunningham

At its core, to be “progressive” is to fight for the little guy against powerful forces of self-interest. Whether the little guy was a Kansas farmer whose earnings were manipulated by commodities traders in Chicago, a woman denied the right to vote, an underpaid working man seeking union representation, blacks oppressed by segregation, or a […]

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