Narrow the Achievement Gap by Narrowing Washington's Role
For nearly half a century, closing the achievement gap between white and minority students has eluded policymakers. But it hasn’t been for lack of trying. The federal government has become increasingly involved in education policy, partly as a result ...
Wishful Thinking in the Garden State
The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews has called attention to a questionable study on the graduation rates of minority students in Newark, N.J. The report, Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males
More Fed Money for Profligate States?
Many state leaders are lobbying the Senate to extend the Medicaid bailout enacted in the February 2009 stimulus bill. While several attempts by Senate leaders to extend the bailout have failed, it will be brought to the floor again on Monday, ...
The Obama Education Revolution
During his otherwise ordinary remarks yesterday at the National Press Club, education secretary Arne Duncan said something quite extraordinary.
It came as he was announcing the 19 finalists for the second round of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top ...
Reducing the Achievement Gap
A few weeks ago, 2009 reading results were released for “The Nation’s Report Card” — the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. And the news was very good for Florida.
After a decade of K–12 education reform, Florida’s minority ...
The Unabashed Dismantling of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir,” declared Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently in ...
Obama and D.C. Public Schools: Rhetoric vs. Reality
As part of NBC’s week-long series on education, President Obama sat down with Matt Lauer on The Today Show for an interview on education. An audience member asked whether his daughters could receive the same high-quality education ...
Forget Your Vacation, Come Bail Out Public Education
The taxpayer-funded, $10 billion public-education bailout moved one step closer to reality today when the Senate voted 61–38 on a cloture measure, clearing the path for bill consideration toward the end of the week. Since the House has already left for recess, ...
The President's Education Speech: Is This Change?
It’s a bit ironic that President Obama would criticize “a comfort with the status quo” in his highly anticipated education speech at the National Urban League. The Obama education agenda, after all, has continued to reward those with a ...
National Education Standards: The Next Washington Takeover
The New York Times reports that 27 states are planning to adopt the set of national standards developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) — standards being backed by the Obama administration with ...
For Mother's Day, a Feminist Education Agenda
There has never been a better-educated population of women than the one that exists today. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that among women aged 25 to 29, a full 35 percent hold bachelor’s degrees, compared with just 27 percent of men. Within ...