Educational Equity and Effectiveness

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School finance reformers have long been divided into two camps. On one side, there are the advocates who argue for increased fiscal equity. They believe the primary issue concerning school finance is funding fairness and point to an abundance of evidence that shows high-poverty districts with needier students receive far less money than their wealthier counterparts. Read more…

Three Questions for Avi Tuschman

  We are all deeply political animals. That’s not news, as anyone who’s ever spent time on a playground knows. What’s new is just how much our political past shapes our political future. Avi Tuschman explores this idea in his fascinating new book, Our Political Nature. Drawing from his experience as a senior adviser for Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, Tuschman examines how our genes shape our political views. I emailed Avi some questions recently, and I’ve included an edited transcript below. Read more…

What Advanced Placement Means for the Future of American Education

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In many ways, education reform initiatives have become like boy bands from the 1990s. They’ll score one Billboard hit and then fade away into obscurity. Take something like small schools. For a while, everyone hailed the approach as the solution to all of our education woes. But within a few years, the reform strategy had been tabled as reformers moved to the next Big Thing. Read more…

Teacher Diversity Revisited

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In the fall of 2011, I wrote an issue brief looking at teacher diversity, and the findings were stark.I found that the demographics of the teacher workforce had not kept up with student demographics. In that study, I showed that students of color made up more than 40 percent of the school-age population. In contrast, teachers of color were only 17 percent of the teaching force. Read more…