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Henig, Jeffrey R.; Lyon, Melissa Arnold – Education Next, 2019
Teachers unions have had a "muscular" presence in some states, but in others, especially in the South and Southwest, the unions have held little power in recent decades, and the growing dominance of conservative Republicans in state legislatures and statehouses was creating a hostile environment with right-to-work (RTW) laws. The…
Descriptors: Unions, Teacher Associations, Teacher Strikes, Court Litigation
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Aldeman, Chad – Education Next, 2019
Los Angeles Unified, the second-largest school district in the country, is on pace to spend more than half of its annual budget on retirement and health-care costs by the year 2031. By then, it is projected to spend 22.4 percent of its budget on pensions and 28.4 on health-care benefits for current and former workers. The cost of health care is…
Descriptors: School Districts, Teacher Employment Benefits, Health Services, Public Education
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Anzia, Sarah F. – Education Next, 2019
Teacher strikes and walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and elsewhere grabbed public attention last spring, but these wildfires of statewide activism are unlikely to spread far. In most states, teachers have unique and powerful advantages in local politics--advantages they are unlikely to give up anytime soon--and they are already active…
Descriptors: Teacher Strikes, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Geographic Regions
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Henig, Jeffrey R.; Lyon, Melissa Arnold; Anzia, Sarah F. – Education Next, 2019
Since the 1960s, teachers unions across the United States have used strikes or the threat of strikes to influence the terms of collective bargaining agreements with local school districts. In the spring of 2018, teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and elsewhere changed their tack, staging walkouts designed to secure salary hikes and…
Descriptors: Teacher Strikes, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Court Litigation
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Marx, Benjamin M.; Turner, Lesley J. – Education Next, 2019
The number of undergraduates in the United States has increased by more than 30 percent since 2000, with two-year institutions absorbing the majority of new students. At the same time, outstanding student-loan debt has grown nationwide, reaching $1.4 trillion in 2018. Although the federal student-loan program exists to provide such resources, the…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial), Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Marcus, Jon – Education Next, 2019
This century has been a dramatic era for the for-profit higher-education industry. Enrollment at for-profit schools more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2010, but the sector was bruised and battered during years of clashes with the Obama administration, which sought to rein in abuses such as inflating job-placement rates and using high-pressure…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Colleges, Educational Innovation, Federal Regulation
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Jackson, C. Kirabo – Education Next, 2019
When students look back on their most important teachers, the social aspects of their education are often what they recall. Learning to set goals, take risks and responsibility, or simply believe in oneself are often fodder for fond thanks--alongside mastering precalculus, becoming a critical reader, or remembering the capital of Turkmenistan. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers
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Cheng, Albert; Henderson, Michael; Peterson, Paul E.; West, Martin R. – Education Next, 2019
Education's political landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year. To the consternation of most school-district officials, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos used the bully pulpit to promote charter schools, vouchers, and tax credits for private-school scholarships. To the distress of teachers unions, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down…
Descriptors: Public Support, Public Opinion, National Surveys, Educational Attitudes
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Bempechat, Janine – Education Next, 2019
Developmentally appropriate homework plays a critical role in the formation of positive learning beliefs and behaviors, including a belief in one's academic ability, a deliberative and effortful approach to mastery, and higher expectations and aspirations for one's future. It can prepare children to confront ever-more-complex tasks, develop…
Descriptors: Homework, Parent Role, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Academic Ability
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Balfanz, Robert – Education Next, 2019
What do K-12 schools need to do to prepare their students for adult success? This was the question that originally catalyzed the standards-and-accountability movement some 30 years ago, though it seems somehow to have gotten lost. Today the question merits revisiting, because addressing it makes a strong case for taking an integrated approach to…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Emotional Development, Social Development, Emotional Intelligence
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Whitehurst, Grover J. – Education Next, 2019
Does the current drive to incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL) into the K-12 curriculum represent a positive reform that will lead schools to educate the "whole student" and ultimately boost young people's academic success? Or is it a distracting fad that comes with high opportunity costs? Common sense and considerable…
Descriptors: Emotional Development, Social Development, Academic Education, Emotional Intelligence
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Dreilinger, Danielle – Education Next, 2019
The name of the study said it all: "Sleepmore in Seattle: Later School Start times Are Associated with More Sleep and Better Performance in High School Students." In 2016-17, Seattle Public Schools pushed back high-school start times by 55 minutes, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. And just like that, students slept an average of 34 more…
Descriptors: School Schedules, High Schools, School Districts, Public Schools
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McShane, Michael Q. – Education Next, 2019
Communities in Schools is one of the nation's oldest and largest providers of integrated student supports, also known as "wraparound services." Started in New York City in the 1970s, the agency now works with more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The model is straightforward: Communities in Schools recruits,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Improvement, Achievement Gains, Charter Schools
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Balfanz, Robert; Whitehurst, Grover J. – Education Next, 2019
Calls for schools to pay heed to children's social and emotional learning have proliferated in recent years. Is the current enthusiasm for educating the "whole learner" a much-needed correction to the narrow concentration on academic skills in the modern reform era? Or is it a misguided retreat from academic rigor and an attempt to…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
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Gill, Brian P.; Tilley, Charles; Whitesell, Emilyn; Finucane, Mariel; Potamites, Liz; Corcoran, Sean P. – Education Next, 2019
Education in the United States has a foundational public purpose: to prepare students for effective citizenship. The idea that an educated and engaged citizenry is essential to the health of a democracy motivated the creation of government-run "common schools" in the early decades of the nation and remains an important value in modern…
Descriptors: Civics, Charter Schools, Democracy, Citizenship Education
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