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Think Twice Weekly Report
August 23 - August 29, 2014

The Think Twice Weekly Report is a compilation of education-related articles and reports posted each week by the think tanks monitored as part of the Think Twice think tank review project funded by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Think Tank Title Type Release Date
Cato Institute Why Tax Credits Survive Legal Challenges But Vouchers Often Don’t Commentary 8/29/2014
Friedman Foundation Friday Freakout: Teachers Are Tired of Bureaucracy Too Commentary 8/29/2014
Mackinac Center More Teachers Than Ever Now Know Opt-Out Rights Commentary 8/29/2014
Show-Me Institute Vindication for New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program Commentary 8/29/2014
Cato Institute Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice Commentary 8/28/2014
Cato Institute Another “Winn” for Educational Freedom in New Hampshire Commentary 8/28/2014
ConnCAN School Report Cards: ConnCAN Grades Every Public School In Connecticut Commentary 8/28/2014
CRPE In New Orleans, the Work Has Just Begun Commentary 8/28/2014
Ed Next Cracking the Code of Effective Teaching Commentary 8/28/2014
Ed Next Embracing a New Approach to Standardized Testing Announcement 8/28/2014
Ed Next Is Ed Reform Tripping with a Testing High? Commentary 8/28/2014
Friedman Foundation Live Free and Learn: New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds School Choice Commentary 8/28/2014
George W. Bush Institute Yellow Lights are Flashing Commentary 8/28/2014
Heritage Foundation Jindal Challenges Obama’s “Unlawful Coercion” into Common Core Commentary 8/28/2014
Heritage Foundation Education Savings Accounts: Enabling Customized Learning Commentary 8/28/2014
New America Foundation More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners Commentary 8/28/2014
Show-Me Institute Will California Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Affect Missouri? Commentary 8/28/2014
TNTP Michelle Rhee and the High Price of Leadership Commentary 8/28/2014
Cato Institute New Front Opening in Core War Commentary 8/27/2014
Ed Next California: A Case Study for Charter School Success Announcement 8/27/2014
Ed Next What Effective Schools Do Commentary 8/27/2014
Fordham Institute Making sense of the ed-reform backlash Commentary 8/27/2014
Fordham Institute An elder statesman speaks Commentary 8/27/2014
Fordham Institute Making teaching teachable Commentary 8/27/2014
Fordham Institute Education Gadfly Weekly Weekly Digest 8/27/2014
Friedman Foundation Want to Increase Public School Funding? Try School Choice. Commentary 8/27/2014
Heartland Institute A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core, Part II: Third-Grade Fractions Commentary 8/27/2014
Heritage Foundation Bobby Jindal Suit Says Obama ‘Scheme’ Forced Common Core Education Standards on Louisiana, Other States Commentary 8/27/2014
Heritage Foundation Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships: Advancing School Choice Through Charitable Contributions Commentary 8/27/2014
New America Foundation Could Empowering Low-Income Parents Help Close the Math Achievement Gap? Commentary 8/27/2014
New America Foundation iPads, Books, and Cardboard Boxes: ‘Comienza en Casa’ in Maine Commentary 8/27/2014
New America Foundation Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a Legal Troll Commentary 8/27/2014
Pioneer Institute Gov. Jindal’s Common Core Lawsuit Draws on Pioneer’s Research Commentary 8/27/2014
Pioneer Institute We Now Have a Smart Exit Strategy from Common Core Commentary 8/27/2014
CRPE Missing Out on Strong School Leaders? A Survey of Principal Hiring and Support in Washington State Report 8/26/2014
Fordham Institute A plea to Marc Tucker (and his colleagues) Commentary 8/26/2014
Heritage Foundation Back to School: The Transformational Impact of School Vouchers Commentary 8/26/2014
New America Foundation Research on Making Policy Reforms Work for Dual Language Learners Commentary 8/26/2014
TNTP Talking About Ferguson in the Classroom Commentary 8/26/2014
CRPE Are Charter Schools Working? A Review of the Evidence Report 8/25/2014
CRPE A Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement Report 8/25/2014
Ed Next Who Are Your Teachers? New Technology for Humanity Commentary 8/25/2014
Fordham Institute First Bell: August 25, 2014 Commentary 8/25/2014
Fordham Institute Holding a wolf by the ears Commentary 8/25/2014
George W. Bush Institute Extreme makeover: Redefining the job of the principal Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation Here’s How Much Teacher Pay Raises Are Really Worth Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation Is Your Bank Supporting Common Core? There’s Now an App That’ll Tell You Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation 4 Charts Every Mom With Kids Going Back to School Should See Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation How Charter Schools Spend Less than Public Schools, But Achieve Better Results Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation One Judge Attempts to Block Thousands of Students from Accessing School Vouchers Commentary 8/25/2014
NCTQ August 2014: Student and teacher school year Commentary 8/25/2014
New America Foundation The Tensions Between Pre-K Politics and Research Commentary 8/25/2014
Show-Me Daily Missouri Should Stop Funding Ghost Students Commentary 8/25/2014
Heritage Foundation The Stimulus Is Still Affecting Philadelphia Schools Commentary 8/24/2014
Heritage Foundation Teachers Pay Price for Leaving Union Commentary 8/23/2014
Bellwether Teacher Evaluations in an Era of Rapid Change: From “Unsatisfactory" to “Needs Improvement" Report 8/22/2014
Friedman Foundation Friday Freakout: Parent vs Parent Commentary 8/22/2014
Pioneer Institute Ohio Lawmakers Urged To Repeal Common Core Standards Commentary 8/22/2014
CRPE Making School Choice Work Requires Leadership Commentary 8/20/2014

Currently Under Review

Are Charter Schools Working? A Review of the Evidence and A Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement

Pioneer Institute
Seeds of Achievement: Appletree’s Early Childhood D.C. Charter Schools

The Bush Institute & Center for American Progress
Dual review:
Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions that Enable All Principals to Be Effective

Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placemen

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Separating Fact & Fiction: What You Need To Know About Charter Schools


Recently Reviewed

University of Arkansas - The Department of Education Reform

The Productivity of Public Charter Schools

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