Press / Reinventing America's Schools


By / 8.31.2017

David Osborne’s eyes light up when he talks about proof. A nationally renowned public policy reformer who is most well known for writing the New York Times bestseller Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector, and who now serves as a director of the forward-thinking Reinventing America’s Schools project at the […]

By and / 8.29.2017

Since President Obama’s Race to the Top competition made teacher evaluation systems based in part on academic growth a central requirement of winning, most states have mandated them. Making teachers accountable for student success is a laudable goal, but district-wide approaches don’t usually work. Most teachers regard evaluations as part of a bureaucratic checklist that […]

By / 8.22.2017

In a recent article, Derrell Bradford mentioned New Jersey and the state’s practice of having off-duty police officers follow students home to make sure the students are attending school in their assigned district. “When we’ve criminalized the pursuit of a good school, we must ask whether the mission and intent we ascribe to public education […]

By / 8.18.2017

“We are going to be speaking with athletic directors, activity directors and our extended-day programs to keep all activities inside until the duration of the eclipse.” Yes, that’s one school district’s response to Monday’s rare solar eclipse – visible across the United States. And they’re hardly alone in this reaction. While some school districts are making plans for […]

By and / 7.9.2017

In 2013, employees at Bruce Randolph High School sent an open letter to the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, complaining about the district’s mandatory discipline policies. “The disproportionate amount of time and resources that in the past would have been spent on improving instruction is instead spent by our entire staff, including administrators, instructional team, […]

By / 6.15.2017

Reasonable people can disagree about former President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top initiative – his multibillion education competition among states – but it was a big idea. So, too, were President Bill Clinton’s push for school standards and accountability, President George H.W. Bush’s push for national standards and President George W. Bush’s effort to […]

By / 6.2.2017

Here we go again. You can’t find a single person at Whole Foods who thinks it’s a good idea for President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord! Substantively, they’re probably right. But on the politics? There, Trump is winning. Why? Pittsburgh, not Paris. Democrats confuse the two at […]

By / 5.17.2017

Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis, where the district is now authorizing what it calls innovation network schools: districts schools that […]

By / 5.16.2017

In 2012, on the anniversary of No Child Left Behind, I reached out to President George W. Bush asking for an interview to discuss the landmark education law and the politics then surrounding it. His aides thought it was a lousy idea for him to say anything, since it would inject him into an ongoing […]

By / 5.8.2017

INDIANAPOLIS—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today joined The Mind Trust and Education Cities to kick-off “Reinventing America’s Schools: An Educational Revolution in Indianapolis,” a two-day conference at the Crossroads of America highlighting the city’s innovative, twenty-first century approach to K-12 school governance. The sold out event welcomes 14 delegations from Memphis, Oakland, Rochester, Washington, D.C., […]