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The Schools We Deserve

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Old-style local control of public schools is fading—except, that is, in charter schools. 

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Don't Leave High-Achieving Poor, Minority Students Behind

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via The Northwest Indiana Times
Friday, January 6, 2017

Indiana needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw, encouraging schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students.

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Boost Achievers At R.I. High Schools

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Providence Journal
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rhode Island policymakers should act immediately to overhaul the state's high school accountability system. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It created strong incentives for schools to focus all their energy on helping low-performing students get over a modest "proficiency" bar while ignoring the educational needs of high achievers, who were likely to pass state reading and math tests regardless of what happened in the classroom.

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New Federal Law Gives State Chance To Improve School Accountability

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Charlotte Observer
Saturday, December 24, 2016

North Carolina needs to improve its high school accountability system. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to focus on their lowest-performing students’ progress. That’s a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn’t be the only outcome for which they’re held responsible.

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Flexibility Can Boost Education

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Post Bulletin
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Minnesota needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That's a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn't be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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Petrilli And Wright: Virginia Shouldn’t Waste Its Unique Opportunity To Overhaul Its School Accountability System

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Roanoke Times
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Virginia needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That’s a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn’t be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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Op-ed: Measure Schools' Success With Both High And Low Achievers

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Utah needs to improve its accountability system for K–12 education. A relic of the No Child Left Behind era, it has a critical flaw: It encourages schools to narrowly focus on the progress of their lowest-performing students. That's a worthy and important objective, but it shouldn't be the only outcome schools are held responsible for.

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The Massachusetts Charter School Cap Harms Disadvantaged Students

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via EducationNext
Friday, November 4, 2016

The most disadvantaged children in Massachusetts stand to benefit most if the state’s tight cap on charter schools is loosened—a policy decision that will face Bay State voters on Election Day. 

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Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via EducationNext
Thursday, October 27, 2016

America’s devotion to local control of schools is dying, but it is also being reborn as a new faith in charter schools. These independently operated public schools—nearly 7,000 across the country, and counting—provide a much-needed option for almost three million youngsters in forty-two states and Washington, D.C.

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Charter Schools at the Crossroads: Predicaments, Paradoxes, Possibilities

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Charter Schools at the Crossroads offers a frank and nuanced analysis of the successes and shortcomings of the charter movement, and outlines possible directions for the future. 

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