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  • Is There a Third Way for ESEA?
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    Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

    Apr 07 2015
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    By Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul T. Hill | Last month, a highly polarized debate waylaid a House vote on the federal government’s most important education legislation: the LBJ-era Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it provides more than $13 billion annually to support education for disadvantaged children. Last summer, we were part of two distinct groups of scholars and policy experts that met separately to rethink educational accountability—both motivated by concerns that NCLB’s approach has increasingly undermined school improvement and equity.
  • Society Benefits When We Spend More on Education
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    Op-Ed: Society Benefits When We Spend More on Education

    Mar 26 2015
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    Our schools are among the most unequally funded in the industrialized world, with some states or districts spending more than double what others spend per pupil. Money properly spent on the right educational resources for students who need them the most — especially on well-qualified educators and keeping classes at reasonable sizes — can make a huge difference.
  • Make School a Democracy
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    Op-Ed: Make School a Democracy

    Feb 28 2015
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    The Escuela Nueva (New School) model, introduced in Colombia 40 years ago, is almost unknown in the U.S., despite international accolades for its learning-by-doing approach. Teachers, parents, and students also have a say in how the school is run. While most of the students are poor and live in rural communities, they do as well on reading and math tests as their middle-class urban counterparts. A move is afoot to bring the model here.
  • Closing the Math Gap for Boys
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    Op-Ed: Closing the Math Gap for Boys

    Jan 31 2015
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    On the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, the average reading and math scores of 8th-grade black boys were barely higher than those of 4th-grade white girls, and Latino boys did only marginally better.  The male adolescents who participated in a program called Match, where teenage students work two-on-one with a math tutor, ended up as much as two years ahead of a control group. Here is why.

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