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Think Twice Weekly Report
November 8 - November 14, 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
Bellwether What Education Can Learn from Rock, Paper, Scissors Commentary 11/14/2014
Bellwether NCLB Waiver Renewal Guidance: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Commentary 11/14/2014
Ed Next How is a Portfolio District Different from a School District? Commentary 11/14/2014
Ed Next The Teacher Equity Problem Is Real. The Proposed Solutions Are Not. Commentary 11/14/2014
Education Trust #EdTrust2014 Conference — Day Two Commentary 11/14/2014
AEI The story of Newark: Cami Anderson on the challenges, successes, and lessons of school reform Announcement/video 11/13/2014
Bellwether The Power of Full-Day Kindergarten Commentary 11/13/2014
Bellwether High Expectations and Low Pay, a Teacher Compensation Model Whose Time is Done Commentary 11/13/2014
CRPE What’s Next for Detroit’s Troubled Schools? Commentary 11/13/2014
Ed Next Fixing Detroit’s Broken School System Commentary 11/13/2014
Education Trust Kati Haycock to States: “Treat new ESEA guidelines as a floor, not a ceiling” Commentary 11/13/2014
Education Trust #EdTrust2014 Conference — Day One Commentary 11/13/2014
Heritage Foundation Midterm Elections Could Herald Big Changes in Education Reform Commentary 11/13/2014
Heritage Foundation Sorry, Kids: Snow Days Might Soon Be a Thing of the Past Commentary 11/13/2014
Hoover Institution Closing The Racial Achievement Gap Could Expand America's Economy By Trillions Commentary 11/13/2014
New America Foundation Improving Teacher Preparation Requires Less Tinkering, More Transformation Commentary 11/13/2014
Pioneer Institute Hands-On Achievement: Why Massachusetts Vocational Technical Schools Have Low Dropout Rates Report 11/13/2014
TNTP Boston Benefits from Mutual Consent Hiring Commentary 11/13/2014
Bellwether 5 Ways the US Department of Education Can Clean Up the NCLB Waiver Mess Commentary 11/12/2014
Ed Next Jeb Bush Speaks Out Commentary 11/12/2014
Education Trust Inspired by the Students: Teaneck High’s Cultural Transformation Commentary 11/12/2014
Fordham Institute How to challenge voracious young readers Commentary 11/12/2014
Fordham Institute A response to Carol Burris and Rick Hess on Common Core math in the elementary grades Commentary 11/12/2014
Fordham Institute Education Gadfly Weekly Weekly digest 11/12/2014
Heartland Institute Who’s to Say Teachers Can’t Modify Common Core? No One Commentary 11/12/2014
Heritage Foundation Two More States Eye Repeal of Common Core Commentary 11/12/2014
NCTQ Training Our Future Teachers Report 11/12/2014
New America Foundation Newsletter: Early Ed Update Commentary 11/12/2014
Cato Institute On Fed Ed, A Little Less Horrible Is Still Awfully Bad Commentary 11/11/2014
Ed Next Disruptive Innovation in Practice Commentary 11/11/2014
Friedman Foundation Top-Down Reform vs Market Reform of K-12 Education Commentary 11/11/2014
TNTP Not a One-Size-Fits-All Teaching Profession Commentary 11/11/2014
Bellwether Why the “Landmark” Texas School Finance Ruling is Irrelevant (And Why It Shouldn’t Be) Commentary 11/10/2014
Bellwether What Will Gubernatorial Shifts Mean for Preschool Development Grants? Commentary 11/10/2014
Center for American Progress The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps Report 11/10/2014
Education Sector Five First Steps for States Tackling Inequitable Access Commentary 11/10/2014
Education Trust The Education Trust Announces 2014 "Dispelling the Myth" Award Winners Announcement 11/10/2014
Education Trust Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education's Guidance for State Teacher Equity Plans Commentary 11/10/2014
Heritage Foundation It’s Not Too Late for States to Reject Common Core Commentary 11/9/2014
AEI How Republicans can improve higher education Commentary 11/7/2014
Friedman Foundation Friday Freakout: What Teachers’ Unions Aren’t Telling Their Supporters Commentary 11/7/2014
StudentsFirst Students won. Commentary 11/7/2014
Brookings Institution Mixed Results for Arizona’s Charter Schools Commentary 11/6/2014
Education Trust The Stories Behind the Dropout Data Commentary 11/6/2014
AEI Bigger isn’t better for New York City pre-K Commentary 11/3/2014

Currently Under Review

Center for American Progress
The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps

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


Recently Reviewed

Reason Foundation
Federal School Finance Reform: Moving Toward Title I Funding Following the Child

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About The Think Twice Think Tank Review Project:

Think Twice is one of the nation's first efforts to serve as a watchdog to review think tank research on public education issues and policies, ensuring that published work meets the quality and standards of university scholarship. The goal of the Think Twice project is to provide the public, policy makers and the press with timely academically sound reviews of selected think tank publications.

The Think Twice project is funded by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. The reviews that are a part of this project are expert third party reviews produced by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).

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2014 Weekly Reports

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