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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- If the eagerness to demonstrate some bipartisanship on education turns into a stampede, it’s not hard to see common ground between what Republican governors, Republican leaders in Washington, and the Obama Administration want — and that means a lot less accountability ...

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    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    Four Key Obstacles to Innovative Solutions of Pressing Social Problems.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As President Obama gets ready to put the debate about how to reform No Child Left Behind on the front burner, the GOP candidates can’t avoid education forever. As some start to drop hints about what their education plans might look like, here’s a handicapper’s guide to the leading contenders and their views — and record — on education.

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    By Jitinder Kohli, Center for American Progress

    What does innovation in the public sector actually mean? Who is doing it well? And what should agency leaders do to promote innovation? These are among the questions this series will endeavor to answer.

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    By Kim Smith and Julie Petersen

    Innovation isn’t solely the responsibility of those who supply it – the entrepreneurs who come up with new solutions and the investors and policymakers whose funds support them. It’s also reliant on the demand for it. In this paper, co-authors Kim Smith and Julie Petersen examine the demand for innovation by educator and student users, school and district buyers, policymakers, and others who provide funding for educational goods and services, like foundations and even parents. Strengthening, sharpening, and “smartening” the way these buyers and users find and implement innovation can make a big difference in bringing more productive, effective teaching and learning approaches to the kids and schools that need it.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- The source list in Steven Brill's Class Warfare may read like the Who’s Who of modern education reform, but the chapters that precede it often feel more like The Real Housewives of Policy Wonk County.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As a new school year begins, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to use waivers to rewrite parts of the nation’s signature federal education law, whose reauthorization has been stalled in Congress.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Although schools in Texas are no great shakes, they’re hardly the nation’s worst.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As a practicing physician and the father of triplets, Dr. Drew isn’t fielding abstract questions — his own kids are starting university this fall.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- [P]erhaps the biggest strategic pressure for reform is starting to come from teachers themselves, many of whom are trying to change their unions and, by extension, their profession.

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    This 2011 report surveys recently passed teacher evaluation policies in five states and rates each on the law's strengths and weaknesses in teacher evaluation design requirements, transparency and public reporting of evaluation data, principal autonomy over teacher hiring and placement, and the extent to which the law links teacher evaluation results to key personnel decisions, including tenure, reductions in force, dismissal of underperforming teachers, and retention.

  • Publication
    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Here are some lessons from our school-hunting experience that might help guide yours.

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