Sensible police reform includes changing ‘qualified immunity’ laws

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Even in a time of painful divisions in our country, there is little doubt among people of good faith that what Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers did to George Floyd was criminal. If they are indeed convicted of a felony, how is it that the former officers could very well be immune from civil liability?

“Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction”: 8 K-12 Science Resources During COVID-19

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The fourth in Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19 focuses on science education.

Kaya Henderson, Former Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools, on Leading Urban District Reform

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard are happy to be joined by Kaya Henderson, the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. They discuss the historic reforms Henderson oversaw, including increasing enrollment and improved test scores in an urban district that had been one of the lowest performing in the country.

California's Common Core Apologia

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In a recent blog, Dr. Michael Kirst, past president of the California State Board of Education, attempts to defend his record of Common Core implementation during that period. But policy experts Ze’ev Wurman & Williamson Evers set the Golden State's record during Common Core straight.

Stargazing: Five Astronomy Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Kids During COVID-19

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Here are some resources for parents, teachers, and students of all ages. Our hope is to cultivate the curiosity within us, in order to better understand the heavens and stars above us.

Learning in the Time of COVID-19

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Parents are deeply frustrated with the loss of learning their children will be provided as a result of COVID-19. Here are some resources to help address this gap.

7 Tools to Keep Your Child Engaged in Math During COVID-19

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Proven resources that every parent can and should make use of now and well beyond COVID-19.

5 Book Series Parents Can Explore During COVID-19 School Closings

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Looking for quality literature and books to share with your children while we’re all at home for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19? Here are some excellent options that will nurture a love for great classic literature and enduring historical figures:

Jason Bedrick on Religious Freedom & Private School Autonomy

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Bob and Cara talk with Jason Bedrick, EdChoice’s director of policy, about New York’s controversial “substantial equivalency” proposal that would give the state Department of Education oversight of school curricula at yeshivas and other private and parochial academies.

NH Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut on State-Driven K-12 Reform

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New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut joins "The Learning Curve" podcast this week, plus Bob & Cara break down the new NAEP results, and share education stories out of Denver and Detroit.

VIDEO: Making a Difference Through METCO

A new video about the METCO program centers around the friendship between two Wayland High School students; one who lives in Wayland and the other from Boston. It also features interviews with METCO CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas and Mabel Reid-Wallace, Director of Wayland's METCO program.

A Rational Voice on the State of American Higher Education and the Cost Crisis

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At a time of increasing disruption in the higher education marketplace,…

Marking the Centennial of the Armistice of the First World War

November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice…

Proportional Parking Fees: The MBTA Listens to Pioneer’s Recommendations

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The Pioneer Institute has produced extensive research on the…

Income and education gaps, and the lack of mobility in Worcester County

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Massachusetts is known to have some of the top public schools…

Has UMass used financial aid packages to favor out-of-state students?

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A recent Pioneer Institute report concluded that the University…

Long-term decline in area Catholic high school enrollment is likely to continue

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Over a dozen Catholic schools affiliated with the Archdiocese…

Troubling takeaways from the SJC ruling on charter schools

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These would be the best of times for Boston public charter…

Education spending influences demographic trends at even the smallest scale

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The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a habit of solving…

Gateway Cities Face Educational Spending Challenges

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As the Boston Globe recently reported, Gateway Cities Brockton…

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, let's end bigoted laws that block school choice

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This St. Patrick's Day, join us in calling for an end to bigoted,…

Celebrating Black History Month

In the month of February, the nation honors the achievements…

Join Us on Catholic Schools Week for Special Film Screening Events

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Join us as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, with special film…

Celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday and School Choice

Today, we honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,…

Join us 11/13: "Witnessing Hope: Cristo Rey Schools & Catholic Education"

As the country is engaged in a national discussion about equality…

To Sign or Not to Sign? Considerations for University Athletics Contracts

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Collegiate sports continue to grow as an enormous commercial…

Closing Catholic Schools in Massachusetts Can Be Avoided

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The Archdiocese of Boston recently announced that after operating…

Celebrating National Charter Public Schools Week

Great charter public schools are about great leadership. Charters…