On Tuesday, New Yorkers will head to the polls to elect Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s replacement. Barring a Miracle on Ice–type turn of events, Democrat Bill de Blasio — who has led Republican Joe Lhota by as much as 45 percentage points — is expected to take the helm.
As Harvard Education Press's just-released volume Stretching the Higher Education Dollar details, while existing higher education institutions can take some steps to contain their costs, truly low-cost higher education will likely come from an emerging wave of new providers such as university-online partnerships, massive open online courses, and competency-based education.
Although two- and four-year colleges are important linchpins in state economies, there is a growing sense that the existing system is not as productive as it needs to be, particularly in this era of tight budgets. State leaders must seek out reforms that leverage existing investments more effectively and that put their higher education systems on a stable, sustainable path.
The question of how to teach civic values such as participation in democratic elections in schools remains controversial. This brief examines the ambitious efforts of Democracy Prep, a Harlem-based network of charter schools that attempts to instill in its students a strong feeling of responsibility for government.
Following the 2012 election, we see three major trends in education reform: reduced federal funding for K–12, a growing divide over education reform within the GOP, and the staying power of teachers unions.
For education reform advocacy groups to help parents deliver on their promise to reform, the groups must build capacity to combat vested interests, develop alliances on both the right and left, cultivate efforts from the top down and bottom up, and take heed of parents’ primary goal to help their own child.
Co-location is often seen as a symbol of what is wrong in public education. In the particular instance of Democracy Prep and ACE, however, co-location offers a tale not of what's wrong about the state of public education, but about what's right -- about what happens when accountability works, when consistently failing schools are shut down and good schools are allowed to expand.
While the federal government can set broad targets and promote public goods, it is far less equipped to run the day-to-day business of individual schools—and heavy-handed efforts from Washington often fail to play out as their proponents hope.