Low Dropout Rates at Voc-Techs

New Pioneer study finds that greater autonomy is a key to low vocational-technical high school dropout rates

SABIS Charter Lessons from Springfield

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MassReportCards.com data show some surprising information about graduation and college attendance rates in Springfield.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Classics? The dickens you say

According to Pioneer Institute research, Shakespeare is one of the very few British writers named in the nationalized English standards adopted by the commonwealth and 45 other states. So, watching “A Christmas Carol” on television may be kids’ only exposure to the magic of Dickens’ characters.

Pioneer’s www.massreportcards.com makes comparing schools a breeze

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It’s no surprise to hear that public schools in wealthy communities…

Boston Herald: Give proven providers a fair shot

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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education should put politics aside and support a new SABIS-run Brockton charter school.

2013 Ruth & Lovett Peters Fellowship Opportunity

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Pioneer Institute is thrilled to announce the second annual Ruth and Lovett Peters Fellowship, an opportunity for a current or recent graduate student with a passionate interest in education policy and strong entrepreneurial and analytic abilities.

“Why Huck Finn Matters: Classic Literature in Schooling” (Sept. 19, 2012)

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Pioneer Institute hosted a forum on September 19, 2012 at the…

New Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core Literature Deficit

State and local education policy makers in the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards should emphasize the literary-historical content that already exists in the standards and add an additional literature-based standard to address Common Core’s lack of literary content.

Huck, Jim and our interest in education

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Twain famously noted that the difference between the right…

The Democrats’ Platform on K-12 Education

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Here is the Democratic National Platform on K-12 education,…

The GOP Platform on K-12 Education

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Here is the Republican platform on K-12 education, taken from…

Waiting for the candidates to debate education

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There are many lessons to learn from this year’s two major…

Schools and the conventional wisdoms

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Facts are, as John Adams famously noted, “stubborn things.”…

An expert’s view of national standards’ focus on non-fiction texts

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(Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times) The Common Core national…

Sunset the Lawrence district school monopoly

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One of two kids in the Lawrence Public School system do not…

The right reform path in Lawrence?

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There are two issues that matter in K-12 education - what you…

“The Lawrence Reforms and School Choice”Keynote Address

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On July 31, 2012, Pioneer held a public forum, “The Lawrence…

“The Lawrence Reforms and School Choice” Panel Discussion

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On July 31, 2012, Pioneer held a public forum, “The Lawrence…

Happy 100th Birthday to Milton Friedman!

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Happy Birthday to Milton Friedman, who would have been 100 today.…

Will New York make Boston Old Tech City?

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Neil Swidey had a wonderful article (N.Y. vs. Boston: The endgame)…

Are teachers changing their unions?

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The recent deal brokered by Stand for Children with the Massachusetts…

The obvious lesson for innovation schools

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Two-and-a-half years have passed since the passage of the reform…

The SCOTUS ruling’s impact on education policy

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Internet traffic has been especially heavy for the past 32…

Making more than symbolic change in our schools

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Today’s lead story in the Globe relates the three years of…

Falling short on the Lawrence school turnaround

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In November 2011, the Board of Education decided to put the…

A big test at Madison Park Vocational

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Over the past decade, while there has been incremental success…

HISTORY OF STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD INFORM FUTURE POLICIES

A new Pioneer report calls on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to focus on things it has demonstrated the ability to do well if it is to be as successful implementing the second wave of education reform as it was with the first.

Perspectives on the Romney education plan

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A round-up of various perspectives on Governor Romney's education…

POLL FINDS PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STATE LEGISLATORS ALL SUPPORT REINSTATEMENT OF U.S. HISTORY MCAS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

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Three stakeholder groups overwhelmingly agree that Massachusetts should focus more attention on educating public school students in U.S. history