This is the second in a series of Eduwatch 2016 posts that will chronicle presidential candidates’ stances on today’s biggest...
If you count Democrat Lincoln Chafee, five hopefuls have now declared their candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. The...
May 13, 2015 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

The promise of upward mobility is central to education reform. Parents, educators, and researchers hope that if we can prepare low-income students for college and career, they will have the tools they need to enter the middle class as adults. But Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American...

When the history of this era’s urban-education reform movement is written, four big policy innovations are sure to get attention...
The process of reforming charter school law in Ohio took another big step forward last week with the introduction of S.B. 148 in...
Thank you Chair Hite, Vice Chair Sawyer, and subcommittee members for giving me the opportunity to testify today in support of...
The end of federal teacher evaluation mandates, the House overreaches on student privacy, NCTQ’s teacher prep review, and college interruptions. Featuring a guest appearance by NCTQ’s Kate Walsh.
Hess’s "The Cage-Busting Teacher," "Toppo’s The Game Believes in You," Putnam’s "Our Kids," and a leaky teacher pipeline.
A vast amount of contemporary education policy attention and education reform energy has been lavished on the task of defining...

The Game Believes in You: A conversation with Greg Toppo

April 28, 2015 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

In the age of iPads and Fitbits, how should educators harness new technology to improve student learning? In his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, Greg Toppo recounts how innovative educators are changing traditional classroom instruction by...

Greg Toppo
Note: On Tuesday, April 28, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. ET, the Fordham Institute will host a discussion with Greg Toppo on his new...
Since its passage in 1974, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has struck a careful and reasonable balance...
The New York Times’ s Nicholas Kristof argued in his column yesterday that the “low-hanging fruit” of K–12 education reform has...
The testing “opt-out” movement is testing education reform’s humility. The number of students not participating in state...
Tell me if you disagree, my fellow wonks and pundits, but I don’t think anyone predicted a 22-0 vote from the Senate HELP...
If you’re an aficionado of the Education Gadfly, there’s a fair chance you’ve read or heard me discussing my new book, The Cage-...
After the expectations-busting success of Cage-Busting Leadership two years ago, it’s no surprise that Rick Hess, head of the...
In education reform, we like to say that demography isn’t destiny—that, with the right supports, poor children can achieve at...
April 28, 2015 - 8:00 am to 9:45 am

What happens to students when their school closes? Are they worse off--or do they make academic gains after closure? And what about policymakers: Should they take a firmer stance on closing chronically low-performing schools, or should they, rarely, if ever, shut down a school?...