Research & Commentary: Michigan School Reforms
In September 2011, Michigan state senators introduced seven education reform bills to lift the state cap on charter schools, introduce a Parent Trigger, expand online learning, allow schools to out
The ‘Parent Trigger’ in California: Some Lessons from the Experience So Far
Research & Commentary: Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers
President Barack Obama has announced his administration will grant states waivers from enforcement of the federal No Child Left Behind law, contingent on their adopting specific policy changes favo
Research & Commentary: Picking Education Winners and Losers
Recent studies of government and philanthropic funding methods have led to criticism of these entities’ lackluster ability to sponsor successful schools.
Research & Commentary: South Dakota School Funding
In 2006, two-thirds of South Dakota’s public school districts sued the state for more money, claiming the legislature didn’t provide enough for the system to ensure all South Dakota students receiv
Research & Commentary: School Turnarounds
How to turn a failing school into a successful one has stumped educators and policy analysts for decades.
Research & Commentary: No Child Left Behind Waivers
In July 2011, Education Secretary Arne Duncan ignited a media and political firestorm by announcing his intention to grant waivers to states that could not meet No Child Left Behind requirements if
Research & Commentary: Higher Education Budget Cuts
In 2010, states cut higher education budgets by a total of $1.2 billion. In 2011, the cuts are expected to reach $5 billion.
Research & Commentary: Reform Unionism
As school choice and competition measures eke into the American education system, the implications are becoming clear to the nation’s three million public school teachers and the unions to which ma
Research & Commentary: School Funding Lawsuits
With state and local governments tightening their belts in response to falling tax revenues caused by the bad economy, school districts facing cuts are increasingly resorting to lawsuits to force g
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