In the News: Massachusetts Votes Against Expanding Charter Schools, Saying No to Question 2 – by Education Next

In Massachusetts voters rejected a ballot question that would have allowed the state to approve additional charter schools. Jay Greene explained “Why Charters Will Lose in Massachusetts” in a blog entry posted earlier this fall. Earlier this week, Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Brandon Wright explained “How the Massachusetts Charter School Cap Harms Disadvantaged St...

In the News: GOP Lawmakers to John King: Take Back Your Draft ESSA Spending Rules – by Education Next

What is the fate of the draft ESSA regulations? The public comment period closed on November 7. On November 4, 25 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. asking the Department of Education to rescind its proposed spending rules, saying that the Department’s proposed rules contradict and violate the spirit of the law. As Andr...

In the News: Bill Aims to Ease Teacher Mobility Across States by Education Next

Newly introduced federal legislation would make it easier for teachers to move to other states for teaching jobs without having to deal with licensure hassles. As Stephen Sawchuk explains on Teacher Beat The proposal, introduced May 26 by Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., would set up an application process for teachers in participating states to move to another without having to meet...

Could ESSA Spark an Overhaul of How We Fund Schools? by Michael J. Petrilli

Earlier this month, eleven scholars, analysts, and advocates participated in the Fordham Institute’s annual Wonkathon. The challenge we put to them was to find provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act that could be used to expand parental choice. Our participants did not disappoint; I strongly recommend checking out their ideas on course access, school turnarounds, an...