GE comes to Boston: Here's why

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The Globe's Shirley Leung gets it right in her piece this afternoon…

West Virginia, Massachusetts and why the End Common Core ballot is going forward

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When it comes to the "confidence game" that has been played around…

What is the Lawn on D Costing Us?

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Jon Chesto’s report in the Globe on Monday noted that the…

Op-ed: Big money pushes PARCC and Common Core

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Each year, much is written and said about K-12 education when…

A highly temporary solution on higher education

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With my older daughter heading off to college next year,…

Suing to Lift the Charter School Cap

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  Lawsuit – who is part of it – Michael Keating (Foley-Hoag),…

A few thoughts on the new Boston school superintendent

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Recently on Greater Boston, when asked his appraisal of the…

Tocqueville on the threat of a mild despotism

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Pioneer focuses on four policy issues that we believe are critical…

Arne Duncan, fiction writer

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News flash for Washington watchers!  Now we know what Arne Duncan…

Thoughts on what everyone hates talking about (testing)

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No one wants to talk about testing except the people that want…

BPS' all-in adoption of PARCC is bad for kids, and is illegal

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A front page article by Jamie Vaznis in the Boston Globe…

We Now Have a Smart Exit Strategy from Common Core

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Rick Hess and Mike McShane back in the spring wrote in the…

Representative misrepresenting

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Chalk this one up to elected officials representing people other…

The Globe on Common Core and Poetry

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It is not stereotyping poets to say that they burn with a particular…

A Fractured Testing Landscape

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One of the benefits of waking up at 3 am to do some work is that…

Orchard Gardens Against the Machine

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Yvonne Abraham's column this week bemoaned the resignation of…

Building the Machine - a review

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What is Common Core?  How did it start--and who drove it?  Are…

Common Core Math’s House of Hay

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More than once, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has described…

Let’s Not Waver on Testing: An Open Letter to MA Education Commissioner

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In the letter below, Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim…

Common Core, the Gettysburg Address & human intent

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(H/t to Civil War Daily Gazette) History will always be…

6 Takeaways on New Orleans' charter initiative

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Earlier this week, at a Pioneer forum we had the pleasure of…

Who you calling dumb?

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Calling your opponents “stupid” is the refuge of those…

Some takeaways on FL Commissioner's resignation

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Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press (Indiana office) did some…

The implosion of the PARCC assessments

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As they say, where there is smoke, there may be fire. EdWeek…

Why Common Core’s Math Standards Don’t Measure Up (by Guest Blogger Ze'ev Wurman)

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Guest Post by Ze'ev Wurman (biography below)  Last year William…

Ed Glaeser's Straw Man on Common Core (by Jim Stergios)

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In today’s Globe, Ed Glaeser, an economist by trade and…

Mass. charter schools: No sector like it in the US

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In 1992, Pioneer published a book that had the kind of squishy…

Local committee ends Massachusetts' first virtual school

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The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are reporting that last…

Why do district superintendents oppose charter schools?

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When you ask that question, the usual answer is something about…