How Many Teachers Deserve Adequate Retirement Benefits? Some? Most? All? by Chad Aldeman

How many teachers should be eligible for adequate retirement benefits? My answer is all of them: For every year they work, teachers should accumulate benefits toward a secure retirement. A reasonable person might say only those who stay for at least three or five years. That would require teachers to show some amount of commitment to the profession, and it would reward teachers...

What We’re Watching: Millennials in Ed Reform – by Education Next

As millennials grow up and become parents, find schools for their kids, and move into positions of leadership, what’s apt to change on the education reform front? The Fordham Institute and the Walton Family Foundation are convening a panel to discuss this on November 14 at 4 pm. Watch the live stream or learn more about the event here. — Education Next Source: EducationNext...

Reflections on the Election in Douglas County – by Max Eden

This week’s election of a teachers’ union-backed slate of school board candidates in Douglas County, Colorado is a major setback for school choice. After a six-year court battle over the district’s voucher program, the stage seemed set for a major victory. The U.S. Supreme Court had asked Colorado’s high court to reconsider its ruling that the program ran afoul of the state’s ...

State Policies to Maximize the Utility of Testing Data – by Michael J. Petrilli

Education reform advocates nationwide are putting together their wish lists for the state legislative sessions that generally start in January. Here’s one for the top of those lists: tackling how state assessments are administered and how kids’ results on those assessments are reported. @svidal via Twenty20 Getting this right is good policy, good politics, and a hedge against a...

What We’re Watching: Outcomes and Challenges in US Cities with Public School Choice – by Education Next

On November 14, the Brown Center at Brookings and CRPE will host two panels on the current state of public school choice in our nation’s cities. What is working and what is not? How can today’s choice initiatives better meet the needs of students, families and communities? You can watch the livestream here and learn more about the event here. — Education Next Sour...