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Analysis and Commentary

Point Of View: Oklahoma’s Math Standards Don’t Make The Grade

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia News OK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In spring 2016, Oklahoma adopted new math and English language arts (ELA) standards after making the decision drop the Common Core. In doing so, it was well within its rights. But Oklahoma also has a responsibility to make sure its standards are strong, clear and rigorous. For ELA, the state has accomplished this. But for math, it fell short.

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The Supreme Court’s Union Decision Can Dramatically Improve California’s Education System

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The recent Supreme Court decision on Janus vs. ASFCME ruled that collecting public-sector union fees from employees who are not union members violates their First Amendment rights. The majority opinion interprets public-sector unions as political organizations in which effectively all union activity has significant political implications.

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Thomas Sowell’s Inconvenient Truths

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Claremont Institute
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New York City’s vast public school system enrolls 1.1 million students, some 18,000 of whom attend nine “specialized” high schools, where the curriculum is particularly rigorous and admission is both widely sought and highly competitive. Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech are the oldest, largest, and most famous such institutions.

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The Unfulfilled Promise Of High-School Choice

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

At first blush, high school would seem to be the part of K–12 education where choice should work best—and do the most good. Students are older, more mobile, more independent, with ideas of their own, often beginning to think about the directions they may take in life as adults.

Analysis and Commentary

A Teacher-Centric Approach To School Reform

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 16, 2018

Students in Washington, D.C. have been making large gains on NAEP, and many credit the transformation of the teaching profession that has taken place in DCPS over the past decade.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Education Reform Goes From Here

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, July 12, 2018

After two decades of mostly-forward movement and many big wins, the last few years have been a tough patch for education reform. 

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To Whom Does The Future Belong? What Skills Will Be Needed To Thrive?

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia myAJC
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Has education reform hit a wall? 

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Brushing Up on “Truth Decay”

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Separating fact from fiction is an elementary skill. So why don’t we teach it in elementary school?

Analysis and Commentary

Crowdsourcing Request: Best Educational YouTube Channels For Kids

by Michael J. Petrillivia Ed Excellence
Monday, June 25, 2018

As a recovering Waldorf parent, I’ve long had a complicated relationship with screen time, but have come to see its benefits, especially if the focus is on quality over quantity. This has inspired me to publish lists of my favorite TV shows for young kids and for families; a compilation of educational videos; and a list of recommended apps. Now for the next frontier: YouTube.

In the News

Did Easier Tests Cost Normandy Students The Right To Transfer?

mentioning Paul E. Petersonvia St. Louis Today
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On Dec. 1, 2017, the Missouri State Board of Education went into a closed session and ousted Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Yet that wasn’t the only controversial decision that day. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to classify the Normandy Schools Collaborative as provisionally accredited. That move meant that thousands of students lost the right to transfer to higher-performing schools. Now it seems that vote was made without all of the facts.

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