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Taking on Teacher Tenure Backfires

California Ruling on Teacher Tenure Is Not Whole Picture

By Jesse Rothstein In his decision on Tuesday to strike down California’s teacher-tenure system, Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that laws protecting teachers from dismissal violated the state’s constitutional commitment to provide “a basically equal opportunity to achiev… More

The Benefits of Mixing Rich and Poor

by David L. Kirp

Whenever President Obama proposes a major federal investment in early education, as he did in his two most recent State of the Union addresses, critics have a two-word riposte: Head Start. Researchers have long cast doubt on that program’s effectiveness. The most damning evidence comes from a 2012 federal ev… More

Raising Up The Next Generation

By Fatimah Simmons (MPP â€˜11)

New York City was abuzz with anticipation for Fashion Week. Everyone was excited—except for me. In August 2008, I had heard then-Senator Barack Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention and realized that I wanted to be a part of a new generation of leaders who can deliver creative public policy. Th… More

The ADHD Explosion

It was a medical and public policy mystery. In the last decade, the rate of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has gone up by more than 40% nationwide. What could account for such a sharp increase? In their new book, The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today&#… More