Month: February 2018

The Spring 2018 Issue of Education Next is here! – by Education Next

In the Spring 2018 issue cover story, we present evidence on the spillover effects of charter schools on nearby district-school students. New research finds that students attending a district school in New York City within a half-mile radius of a charter school score better in math and reading and enjoy an increase in their likelihood of advancing to the next grade. Benefits ar...

EdStat: 19 Percent of Arizona Public-School Students Were Enrolled in Charter Schools in 2014 – by Education Next

With 19 percent of its public-school students enrolled in charter schools, Arizona was the state with the highest percentage of charter-school students in 2014. Though Arizona parents are proactive about closing undesired charter schools, the state had as many as 619 charters as of 2014–15, trailing only California in absolute numbers. Read more about charters in Arizona and t...

Democrats Are In Denial About Teacher Pensions – by Chad Aldeman

Earlier this month the Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee issued a report called “Retirement Security in Peril.” While they get some facts right, they also miss the forest for the trees. Worse, the story they tell about the retirement security offered to our nation’s public school teachers is dangerously wrong. Instead of praising those plans, congressional Democrats sho...

In the News: Trump’s Transition Team Needs to Find Nearly 4,000 Appointees – by Education Next

There’s always a lot of buzz on social media about who will be tapped to fill the top spots in each department after an election, but an infographic in the Washington Post shows how many spots need to be filled in total by the Trump administration. In the U.S. Department of Education 147 appointments need to be made. In a blog entry, Rick Hess offers his suggestions for w...

In the News: The Real Threat to Common Core May Come Not From a Trump White House but From Many Statehouses – by Education Next

Donald Trump pledged during his campaign to eliminate the Common Core state standards, but many have noted that Common Core is not an issue President Trump will have any say over, as academic standards are now under the firm control of the states. In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum writes that The biggest threat to the academic standards — which seem to be constantly under s...

Public Sector Unions are Extortion Rackets (and other things we learned in Janus v. AFSCME) – by Joshua Dunn

Today’s oral argument in Janus v. AFSCME had a decided sense of déjà vu. The court had addressed the same issue, the power of public sector unions to confiscate agency fees from non-members, in two of the last three terms. Agency fees, money taken from those who don’t want to join unions to support collective bargaining activities, appeared to be on the road to extinction in F...

EdNext Podcast: Oral Arguments Heard by Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME – by Education Next

Josh Dunn, an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court Monday, February 26, in Janus v. AFSCME. The case “could overturn decades-old precedent and deal a potentially crippling blow to public sector unions.” The case was brough...

Surveying the Charter School Landscape – by Martin R. West

Eva Moskowitz’s new memoir, ably reviewed in these pages by Chester E. Finn Jr. (see “Success Story,” books), might well have been subtitled “My Struggle for School Facilities.” Yes, the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools recounts her transition from New York City council member to CEO of Gotham’s fastest-growing charter school network, as well as the “core educational ...

The Education Exchange: Will School Choice Continue to Grow in 2018? – by Education Next

The number of states with school choice programs and the number of students who are able to take advantage of these programs have roughly doubled since 2010, and we now have a U.S. Secretary of Education who supports school choice. What will happen on the school choice front in 2018? In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with John Schilling of the American Federation for Chil...