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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- This year’s TIME list of 12 education activists to watch in 2012 is out.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- On the 10th anniversary of No Child Left Behind, the former President spoke with TIME’s education columnist about the law’s successes and why it’s a “convenient punching bag”.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Cheating scandals aside, the grandaddy of high-stakes college admissions testing soldiers on.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- The presidential candidate’s suggestion to put school children to work was faulty in specifics but sound in general

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    It is widely acknowledged that innovation will be necessary to dramatically improve public services in America. But innovation in the public sector doesn't happen in a vacuum; innovation happens at the nexus of policy, research, capital, and practice. This project looks at one case study -- education -- by analyzing some of the key aspects of an emerging ecosystem for innovation in public education in the United States.

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    By Bryan Hassel, Julie Petersen, and Kim Smith

    Technology can connect people and organizations, facilitate communications, capture and analyze rich data, and even shape human behavior in response to these insights – what might it do for the education capital markets? This paper examines the gaps and barriers in the way capital flows to education innovation, and considers the ways technology tools and platforms might better address these issues. Specific recommendations include strengthening the content underlying such platforms, better connecting these technologies with existing face-to-face networks, and streamlining transactions.

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    By Sara Mead, Andrew J. Rotherham and Rachael Brown

    The New Republic -- When Barack Obama ran for president, he claimed that improving early childhood education would be a hallmark of his education reform agenda. Unfortunately, his policies in office have not lived up to that promise.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- State schools are increasingly recruiting out-of-state students who pay higher fees. But is this fair?

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    President Obama sparked much debate in Washington with his plan to grant states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), conditional on their willingness to embrace certain reform proposals. State leaders have cheered the president’s decision to offer them much-needed relief from onerous requirements. Key Republican leaders have blasted the move as overstepping executive authority. Is the president right to issue conditional waivers? Are the conditions themselves a good idea? In this forum, Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham weigh in.

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    New Bellwether – Aspen Institute program recognizes leaders working to improve the teaching profession and their own leadership skills

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Our nation’s schools are a larger cause of economic inequality than investment banks and CEOs.

  • Publication
    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    Government agencies need to be more innovative, especially when tackling social issues like poor educational attainment, crime, or homelessness. Over the last five weeks, this series has set out five keys to unlocking an innovation culture: leadership, finance, permeability, incentives, and planning.

    But where should an agency that wants to promote a culture of innovation start? Today we set out four initial steps agencies can take to launch a culture of innovation.

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