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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Harvard's new penalty for single-gender clubs exemplifies a worrying trend towards authoritarianism.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Lawsuits serve political purposes regardless of how things play out in court. With today's new wave of education lawsuits, that's part of the strategy and another reason to expect more. See you in court.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Unpaid internships are a luxury of the economically fortunate – it's time to start leveling the playing field.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Underneath the easy bromides about staying in school, absenteeism is a complicated collision of issues around personal economics, academic and other student needs, and the increasing desire of parents for more customization in schools. As such, it’s broadly illustrative of the larger challenges facing public schools. It’s also an opportunity.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    What we shouldn't do, though, on any issue is pretend there are not consequences to various choices. Bold ambition for impact later or incremental progress now? There are few win-wins and we do kids, especially the most vulnerable, no favors when we wish away the tradeoffs around various choices and strategies.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Bottom line? You'll hear about education this year but it will have little impact on the election and only the most diehard advocates will pretend otherwise. The real action, though, will start after the voting in November and will matter to the education sector and America more than you might think from its treatment in the campaign.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    For students in states with leaders who are deeply committed to equity and prepared to stand up to the myriad special interests in the education sector on behalf of students the new policy could be a win. There is plenty of room for innovation. But students in states without those elements or lacking alignment among key policymakers may be facing years of educational stagnation, or worse backsliding, at a time when they and the country can ill afford it. There is plenty of room for cosmetic rather than real fixes – traditionally the way things are done.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Around the country students are calling for changes at colleges and universities. Some of the demands for change are more than reasonable – if not overdue. Others clearly trample free speech and are out of place in an intellectual environment. But one protest stands out – the actions of the some of the University of Missouri's football team.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    Girls shouldn't have to shop in the boys' section to find durable, outdoor-friendly, livable clothing. This is about more than fashion. Every time I have to take (my daughters) to the boys' section of a clothing store to get a decent flannel shirt or a pair of pants that won't tear on the first briar it meets, it sends a not-so-subtle signal to them that they're not doing "girl" things. Some kids don't care. Overall, though, it's asking a lot of nine-year-olds to completely buck a value system they see all around them.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    It's not every day you see a White House initiative play out in real time with everyone happy about it. Actually these days, do you ever? But there it was: High in Virginia's mountains families hiked, picnicked and played under a cloudless blue sky on a crisp October Sunday. The mountain foliage was already spectacular and for some a fall visit to see it was an annual tradition. But for a surprising number of families the impetus for the trip was the White House's Every Kid In A Park initiative.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    For education companies, the costs of going public often outweigh the benefits. Many analysts agree. "Unless you are huge and a publisher, or education is a smaller part of your business, like Apple, Microsoft or a big construction firm, it makes no sense to be public" says one longtime industry observer and investor. It's an ironic sentiment. A field that rightly respects public as an essential touchstone is populated by successful companies viewing private ownership as the best way to achieve their public goals and mission.

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    Andrew J. Rotherham

    What Arne Duncan's resignation means for the education debate, 2016 election and beyond. The education world reacted with surprise to the early October announcement that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is stepping down, and former New York education commissioner and current acting Deputy Secretary John King Jr. is stepping into the role at the end of the year. As with any political transition, there's plenty of spin and speculation.

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