MJ's blog

What’s in a Name? Portfolio, Charter Schools, and the Boy Who Hated Kreplach

Dec 11 2015

Robin Lake urges an open-minded focus on the ingredients that make great schools.

Are Innovative K-12 Systems Solutions Hiding In Plain Sight?

Dec 9 2015

Jordan Posamentier explores how innovative ideas from other realms could be used to solve K-12 school system challenges.

“Batter Up!” Advice as States Step Up to the Plate on ESEA Implementation

Dec 3 2015

As Congress reauthorizes ESEA, states will play a paramount role in education. Drawing on lessons from the new volume of The SEA of the Future, Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross offer suggestions on how SEAs could strategically develop evidence-based education policy.

Can City Schools Address the Achievement and Opportunity Gap?

Oct 23 2015

Michael DeArmond, Robin Lake, and Ashley Jochim explain how our recent report, Measuring Up, looks at the health of all schools in a system, in this blog originally published in Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard

Remembering John Chubb

Nov 17 2015

Paul Hill remembers education reformer John Chubb.

The Politics of Education Reform

Nov 19 2015

Paul Hill offers examples of how to sustain education reform for the long run amid political opposition.

Closing the Discipline Gap

Nov 10 2015

Betheny Gross profiles Los Angeles Unified School District's suspension reform efforts and its recent drop in overall suspension rates.

Fix Online Charter School Policy: It’s Past Time

Oct 27 2015

Robin Lake discusses our new study of online charter schools, done in partnership with Mathematica and CREDO.

We Need a Common Yardstick for Cities

Oct 28 2015

Better cross-city data is needed to assess school system health so that we don’t end up comparing apples to oranges.

No One Has a Monopoly On “Beating the Odds”

Nov 3 2015

Michael DeArmond offers clues as to why some cities have a large number of schools that outpaced demographically similar schools statewide.


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