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NEW from Fordham: Redefining the School District in Michigan
What happens when policymakers create statewide school districts to turn around their worst performing public schools? In Louisiana and Tennessee, Recovery School Districts (RSDs) have made modest to strong progress for kids, and serve as national models for what the future of education governance might hold. In the Great Lakes State, the story is more complicated.
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Check out Fordham's new report, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don't Teach, at www.edexcellence.net/publications/the-hidden-half
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The wise wonks’ hierarchy of charter school quality

Over the past three weeks, Fordham’s Flypaper blog hosted the charter school wonk-a-thon, an exercise in punditry and policy analysis that exceeded all expectations. (Congrats to our winning wonk, Joe Siedlecki of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.) Let me ambitiously attempt to synthesize the major arguments into a unified theory: the Wise Wonks’ Hierarchy of Charter School Quality.
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How the U.S. Stacks Up: FIFA versus PISA

What do the education-policy world and the sports world have in common? For one, Americans are rabidly passionate about both. What’s more, both really love rankings. And you think we’re bad at soccer? We’re even worse in education.

http://edexcellence.net/articles/how-the-us-stacks-up-fifa-versus-pisa
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Check out the Metro D.C. School Spending Explorer to see the per-pupil expenditures at the school level for D.C. area schools
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute set out to answer a basic (yet complicated) question: how much does each school in the D.C. metro area spend for each student it enrolls? What we found both surprised us and confirmed some of what we already knew. Explore this interactive map.
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Join the Fordham Institute for a panel discussion on the future of the school principalship and strategies to make it more appealing and manageable for topnotch leaders—as well as more effective for students.

Register to attend in-person or online
Steering great leaders into the principal's office
Thu, July 31, 2014, 4:00 PM
1016 16th Street Northwest, 7th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

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Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement
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We're hiring interns for the fall in research and communications/development. Apply online! 
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#OntheRocketship: Expanding the high-quality #charterschools  movement

Join the Fordham Institute for a conversation with Whitmire and a panel of experts about his book, the Rocketship network, and the future of charter schooling. 

Book signing following the event:

On the Rocketship:
How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope
By Richard Whitmire
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Between a rock and a hard place by Chester Finn

Call me a wimp, caught between two powerful women whom I like and respect, but honestly, they’re both right, albeit in different ways.

#CommonCore   #CCSS   #k12education  
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Ladies and gentlemen, the voters have spoken and the wisest wonk in the land is…

Joe Siedlecki of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Read his winning post in the Charter school policy wonk-a-thon
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