Category Archives: Charter Schools

Why has education policy research been a bust?

In recent years, we have seen an explosion of research aimed at judging the effectiveness  of initiatives including charters, vouchers, class size, and various curricula. On the whole, this effort has not given us definitive answers. One could hope that … Continue reading

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The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment

A new report has been released by Brookings Brown Center and the Harvard Kennedy School that measures the effect of a privately funded voucher program in New York City on student performance. In sum the study found that African American … Continue reading

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Ten Things for School Systems to Try

Since leaving the Milwaukee school board, I have occasionally been asked for advice by people tackling other urban school districts. Here are ten recommendations, based on my experience: 1.    Make sure there is a strong program to identify, prepare, and … Continue reading

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What does the research say about charter schools?

Recent research reports showing mixed results from charter schools have led to charges on both sides of the charter school divide. Those opposed to charter schools charge that the research shows they have failed. Those supporting them say the research … Continue reading

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