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Diversifying Our Selective Colleges Begins In Kindergarten

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A recent New York Times analysis suggests that a generation of policies meant to bring racial proportionality to our selective colleges has failed. “Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago,” declared the authors.

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Mississippi Needs Effective School Accountability Plan

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia The Clarion-Ledger
Sunday, August 27, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. “My criteria for approval is clear,” she said recently. “Does the state's plan adhere to the law?” If so, she is “happy to approve it.”

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WV Has Chance To Make A Meaningful Education Plan

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Charleston Gazette
Saturday, August 26, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. “My criteria for approval is clear,” she said recently. “Does the state’s plan adhere to the law?” If so, she is “happy to approve it.”

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Betsy DeVos Will Approve Whatever Policymakers Put Forward; Make Sure It's Good For Kids

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Alabama Media Group
Friday, August 18, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. "My criteria for approval is clear," she said recently. "Does the state's plan adhere to the law?" If so, she is "happy to approve it."

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Federal Education Policy: Now Deferring To States Like Minnesota

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Star Tribune (MN)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whatever plan our policymakers put forward likely will be approved. Make sure it's good for kids. 

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The First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans Correct Many NCLB-Era Errors

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings. In Fordham’s new report, Rating the Ratings: Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans, we examine whether states are making the most of the moment.

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What Philanthropy Has Done Right — And Done Wrong — On Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Monday, June 12, 2017

September 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of America’s first charter school, City Academy High School in St. Paul, Minn. In the quarter-century since its founding, charters have become the fastest-growing school-choice option in the United States, with almost 7,000 of them enrolling more than 6 percent of public-school-age pupils. (In 17 districts, the figure is more than 30 percent.) Charters account for the entire growth of K-12 public-school enrollment since 2006.

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New Jersey’s Plan To Fix Its Failing Schools Falls Flat

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Trentonian
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Jersey’s plan to fix its lowest performing schools is about as creative and inspiring as a rest stop on the Turnpike. We don’t mean that as a compliment.

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Three Ways Charters Reform And Improve Our Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, May 26, 2017

City Academy High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, will celebrate a milestone in September: twenty-five years as the nation's first charter school. During that quarter century, charter school growth has been remarkable. Today, forty-four states and Washington, D.C. contain some seven thousand of these independently operated public schools, serving nearly 3 million students. Remarkably, charters account for the entire growth in U.S. K–12 public school enrollments since 2006.

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The Purpose Of Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via US News
Monday, May 8, 2017

3 ways charters reform and improve district-level schools.

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