October 13, 2014 - 4:23:35 posted by Sean Gill

Shining A New Light on Financial Data

It’s election season, and television brings a seemingly inexhaustible supply of campaign ads. Yet, if there is one issue on which it seems every candidate agrees, it is that government must be made more efficient.  Read More»

Topics: Data, Accountability, School Funding

October 02, 2014 - 6:06:41 posted by Tracey Weinstein and Sean Gill

How Do We Measure the “Health” of the Charter School Movement?

We know from our own experience that anytime an advocacy organization releases a report ranking states, it is bound to drive debate and discussion.  Read More»

Topics: Data, Diversity, Measuring Student Achievement, Parent Empowerment, Great Schools, Charter Schools, Socioeconomic integration, School Choice

October 01, 2014 - 11:43:34 posted by Aaron Guerrero

A Teacher That Changed The Equation

With the school year just under way, students across the country will face a new set of academic challenges. Unfortunately, some of these challenges may be linked to a history of frustration in one subject.  Read More»

Topics: Great Teachers, Teachers

September 25, 2014 - 12:03:54 posted by Morgan Sanders

Rethinking How We Support Teachers

Many critics of the Vergara ruling argue that we should support teachers instead of take away their job protections.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Tenure, Great Teachers, Teachers

September 23, 2014 - 2:26:24 posted by Chad Aldeman

Not All 401(k) Plans Are Created Equal

My colleague Jason Weeby asked me what I thought of a Michigan legislator's plan to close the state's current retirement plan and instead offer all new teachers a 401(k)-style plan.  Read More»

Topics: Pensions

September 17, 2014 - 9:07:22 posted by Regina Hitchcock

The Palmetto State is Full of Promise

“If you’re not at the table, you’re often on the menu.” This is one of my favorite quotes regarding one’s involvement in advocacy and political activity. Or more accurately, one’s lack of involvement. Read More»

Topics: Data, Education Research

September 10, 2014 - 4:28:28 posted by Emily Cadei

Michelle Rhee’s Next Frontier: Q&A With the Former D.C. School Head

StudentsFirst Founder Michelle Rhee recently sat down with Ozy.com to discuss the state of the education in our country and her plans for her next steps.  Read More»

Topics: Standardized Testing, Common Core, StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee

September 09, 2014 - 11:42:36 posted by Tracey Weinstein

A Balanced Path Forward for Making Tenure Meaningful

Ever since a California judge struck down the state’s tenure, layoff, and dismissal statutes in the Vergara v. California decision, the rhetoric surrounding these policies across the country has seemed awfully polarized.  Read More»

Topics: Teacher Tenure, Teacher Quality, Teachers

August 22, 2014 - 8:33:11 posted by Juliana Ramirez

Quality Teachers for All

For many families, back-to-school season means shopping for new clothes, buying school supplies, getting kids used to waking up early again, and being back on carpool duty. But for me, this time of the year means I must, once again, research the classes and teachers my little sister is assigned to. Read More»

Topics: Parent Empowerment, Teacher Quality, Teachers

August 21, 2014 - 4:43:28 posted by Jacob Waters

Working Through the Challenges of Reform

High quality assessments are a critical part of an effective education. Data from assessments gives teachers, school leaders, parents, and policymakers the information they need to adjust programs and instruction to ensure that all kids are getting the effective education they deserve. Read More»

Topics: Teacher Quality, Teacher Evaluation, Teachers

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