K-12 Schooling

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AEI’s Nat Malkus hosts Stephen Raudenbush of the University of Chicago and a panel of experts to discuss how schools can be redesigned to improve educational equality.

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What can school reformers learn from the Common Core and the process surrounding its adoption? Chris Minnich and Rick Hess discuss.

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Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education for New Mexico, shares what she has learned about education reform with AEI’s Rick Hess.

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The urgency and optimism borne of well-meaning passion frequently tempts school reformers to wave away complexity. I’ve always found the old parable about “stone soup” instructive.

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President Trump is unlikely to be seizing the school choice baton any time soon. The irony? This is good news for school choice.

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Andy Smarick, Morgridge Fellow at AEI, argues that public schools could benefit from one of the greatest innovations of charter schools: contract-based accountability.

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Failure is an important part of learning, and the education reform world should keep this in mind. This frequent reluctance to acknowledge mistakes makes it difficult for us to learn from them, when we could be looking at specific examples of policies, analyzing what went wrong and how it could be done in the future.

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A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states’ new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.

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Chester Finn, Jr. discusses his career, the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act into the Every Student Succeeds Act, and what younger reformers can expect from reform efforts with AEI Resident Scholar Rick Hess.

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Are our public schools really “inefficient,” or are we just using the wrong measurements? Performance metrics point to a negative conclusion, but it’s possible that our educational systems are producing desirable outcomes that we just aren’t measuring or even talking about. Efficiency can be prioritized, but let’s also be careful about the forces we set off in pursuit of this goal.

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Chester Finn, Jr. discusses his career, the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act into the Every Student Succeeds Act, and what younger reformers can expect from reform efforts with AEI Resident Scholar Rick Hess.

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