Month: August 2018

As Cuomo Proposal Rekindles Free College Movement, New Research Provides Ammunition for Skeptics – by Judith Scott-Clayton

In early January, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced his intention to make a public college education tuition-free for most students in the state. The proposal has breathed life back into the free college movement, which supporters feared would lose momentum under the incoming presidential administration. Instead, momentum has simply relocated (back) to the state leve...

EdStat: The 2018 EdNext poll finds that support for the Common Core State Standards has stabilized at 45 percent – by Education Next

After falling in previous years, public support for the Common Core State Standards has now stabilized at 45%, the 2018 EdNext survey finds, compared to 41% a year ago. The level of opposition remains unchanged, at 38%. Among teachers, however, support for Common Core slipped by 2 percentage points over the past year to 43%, an insignificant change, while opposition rose seven...

Give Vouchers Time: Low-income Families Need as Many Quality School Options as Possible – by John White

In a recent Brookings report, Mark Dynarski cites studies of Indiana and Louisiana private school voucher programs that show negative effects, raising provocative questions regarding the impact and viability of such programs. There is a better response to Dynarski’s questions than those typically offered by ideologues on both sides of the voucher debate. Rather than arguing for...

EdStat: 57% of respondents favor tax-credit scholarship programs, according to the 2018 EdNext poll – by Education Next

The 2018 EdNext poll finds a clear majority—57%—in favor of “a tax credit for individual and corporate donations that pay for scholarships to help low-income parents send their children to private schools.” Eighteen states have enacted tax-credit scholarship programs, which, depending on the state’s authorizing language, allow either individuals, corporations, or both to donat...

Not Just What But Who You Know Matters – by Julia Freeland Fisher

Julia Freeland Fisher’s new book Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks explores how schools can invest in the power of relationships to break the pattern of inequality in American classrooms. In this excerpt, Fisher describes how technology has the potential to help students develop social capital. When President George W. Bush rolled out his flags...

EdStat: 51 percent of Americans rate their local public schools with a grade of A or B on the 2018 EdNext poll – by Education Next

On the 2018 EdNext poll, approximately half of the public (51%) rates their local public schools with a grade of A or B, consistent with the last three years of polling. However, the public holds schools in lower esteem than the local police force or local post office, which receive a grade of A or B from 69% and 68% of the public, respectively. African Americans view both the...