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The next battle: curriculum transparency for parents

It is hard to think of anyone bringing more positive change to public education than Chris Rufo. His latest proposal is pure brilliance; how can anyone object to transparency? At a minimum, parents should be able to know what’s being taught to their children in the classroom. Transparency is a virtue for all of our public institutions, but especially for those with power over children. To that...

Democrats lost in Virginia because of school closures, CRT not so much

From Byron York’s Daily Memo: So now, Democratic pollsters are doing some basic research. Why did voters reject McAuliffe? What, specifically, did he do wrong? Recently, a Democratic firm, ALG Research, which served as the top pollster for President Joe Biden's campaign, asked those questions in focus groups in the Northern Virginia suburbs and in Richmond. Some of the answers they found...

Yglesias on how Democrats are screwing up on ed policy

You can smell the panic in the air; even a renowned lefty like Matt Yglesias is admitting that the Democrats’ stance on education is a losing one. It’s a good read; summary posted below. Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to the 2022 election? It’s shaping up to be a bloodbath. This is an enormous issue that warrants (at least) a two-part post. Today’s is about three...

Opportunity Scholarship voucher program is popular among NC voters

I’m interested in the OS, having coauthored an evaluation of the program. Support for the program is very strong, as is expansion of the program, even to families making less than $100,000 a year (data are from a February 2021 survey):

Source: Carolina Partnership for Reform

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Student passes 3 classes in four years, ranks near top half of class with 0.13 GPA!

Nope, public education isn’t broken at all. If this were a charter school, the Left would be screaming bloody murder about how the state should shut it down. But it’s a regular public school, so there is nothing to see here, just move along. A shocking discovery out of a Baltimore City high school, where Project Baltimore has found hundreds of students are failing. It’s a school where...

Almost a quarter-million teachers physically attacked in public schools

A record 220,300 public school teachers reported that they were physically attacked by a student during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a report jointly published this month by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The data for 2015-16 comes from the NCES’s National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS). The data for previous school years going...

Restorative justice doesn’t seem to work

I’m amazed this is the first RCT for something so popular: Last week, the first randomized control trial study of “restorative justice” in a major urban district, Pittsburgh Public Schools, was published by the RAND Corporation. The results were curiously mixed. Suspensions went down in elementary but not middle schools. Teachers reported improved school safety, professional environment...

Genes explain as much variation in educational attainment as income

Over the past five years, Benjamin has been part of an international team of researchers identifying variations in the human genome that are associated with how many years of education people get. In 2013, after analyzing the DNA of 101,000 people, the team found just three of these genetic variants. In 2016, they identified 71 more after tripling the size of their study. Now, after scanning the...

More states opting to ‘robo-grade’ student essays by computer

“I’ve been working on this now for about 25 years, and I feel that … the time is right and it’s really starting to be used now,” says Peter Foltz, a research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s also vice president for research for Pearson, the company whose automated scoring program graded some 34 million student essays on state and national...

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