Pioneer Statement on Next-Generation MCAS Announcement

We applaud the Baker administration for proposing that Massachusetts…

Fordham report predictable, conflicted

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Guest Post by Richard P. Phelps On November 17, the Massachusetts…

What True Education Reform Leaders Think About MCAS & Charters

An op-ed in Tuesday's Boston Globe urges Massachusetts policymakers…

How UMass can cut the $11 million

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Yesterday, the Statehouse News Service reported that UMass President…

5 Reasons Students will Love the New Higher Ed Bill

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Expanding scholarships, savings incentives, refinancing loans,…

Pathways to Equal Opportunity: Vocational-Technical Education & the Liberal Arts

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A century ago, two prominent African-American educators, W.E.B.…

Statement on 2015 MCAS Results and Preliminary, Incomplete 2015 PARCC Results

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The release of 2015 MCAS results together with a patchwork of…

The Impact of UMass Tuition and Fee Hikes on Student Debt

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Student debt has reached astounding levels.  At nearly $1.2…

UMass Tuition Hikes: Why Not Cut Costs?

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And shouldn’t in-state students be the top priority? WRKO's…

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…

How Massachusetts Promoted Achievement Before Common Core & PARCC

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Before the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education…

Problem: Overpriced Textbooks, Solution: Opensource Material

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Last week, NBC news announced that textbooks prices have…

Kids and Families Deserve More: Catholic Education and School Choice

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Pioneer held an education forum on Friday, July 31, 2015, “Know-Nothings’…

Join us 7/31: “Know-Nothings’ Nativism, Catholic Education, and School Choice”

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In the wake of the Colorado Supreme Court ruling against the…

RIP PARCC

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Economies of scale are when a large operation can provide advantages…

Why Massachusetts Should Abandon the PARCC Tests & Common Core

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It is difficult to find any public analysis and comments by teachers,…

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…

The Civil Rights Issue of Our Era

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Black History Month may have come and gone but Pioneer believes…

Is it Time to Rethink State Boards of Education?

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Some political officials (Governor Sandoval of Nevada) and self-described…

Don’t Waste the Crisis over Common Core

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The entire Common Core project is rapidly going south, and within…

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…

Steps for States to Follow to Replace Common Core

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To help out governors and state legislatures that really want…

Common Core’s standards can be replaced by first-rate standards overnight

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In a funny story in the Washington Post on December 24, 2014,…

How to Make Common Core Useful?

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What could be done to make the idea of a common core across 50…

How to Maintain the Massachusetts “Education Miracle”

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Not by using Common Core-based standards and tests, for sure,…

Jeb Bush’s Rhetoric and Reality on Common Core

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Pioneer Institute respects Governor Jeb Bush’s education reform…