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Think Twice Weekly Report
December 16 - December 30, 2016

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
Ed Next Seven Reflections on School Reform in 2017 Commentary 12/30/2016
Heartland Institute Anti-School Choice Governor Narrowly Wins Reelection In Montana Commentary 12/30/2016
Mackinac Center Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Supports Education Initiative Commentary 12/29/2016
NCTQ The NCTQ Teacher Trendline Commentary 12/29/2016
AEI The top ten 2016 RHSU columns Commentary 12/28/2016
Cato Institute “Only Progressives Need Apply” Commentary 12/28/2016
Ed Next The Top Ten 2016 RHSU Columns Commentary 12/28/2016
ConnCAN The Fight for Fair Funding, Increasing Teacher Diversity & Other Highlights from ConnCAN’s Work In 2016 Commentary 12/27/2016
Heartland Institute Massachusetts Voters Reject Proposal To Lift Charter School Cap Commentary 12/26/2016
Heritage Foundation They Grew Up in a Poor Neighborhood. How School Choice Changed These Brothers’ Lives. Video 12/26/2016
Heartland Institute Classroom Choice Could Relieve Many Parents’ Education Concerns Commentary 12/25/2016
Heartland Institute Cost Of Texas High School Football Stadium Swells To $70 Million Commentary 12/24/2016
Bellwether PaidLeave4DC is Good for Children and Families but Hardly “Generous” Commentary 12/23/2016
Brookings Institution Memo: Improving the federal role in education research Commentary 12/23/2016
Ed Next Are School Field Trips Important? Commentary 12/23/2016
Ed Next Embracing Screen Time Commentary 12/23/2016
Heartland Institute DOE Projects Further Increases In Federal K–12 Spending Commentary 12/23/2016
Bellwether Best of Bellwether 2016 Commentary 12/22/2016
Brookings Institution Federal education policy under the Trump administration Announcement 12/22/2016
Center for American Progress To Attract Great Teachers, School Districts Must Improve Their Human Capital Systems Report 12/22/2016
Ed Choice Nevada Union Polling Shows Support for ESAs Commentary 12/22/2016
Heartland Institute DOE: Number Of Homeschooled Students Has Doubled Since 1999 Commentary 12/22/2016
Show-Me Institute Michael Mcshane Appears On Ruckus To Discuss The New Nominee For U.S. Secretary Of Education Video 12/22/2016
AEI The end of the world as we know it Commentary 12/21/2016
Brookings Institution Memo: A shift in the federal role is needed to promote school improvement Commentary 12/21/2016
Center of the American Experiment Increasing Educational Alternatives is the Opposite of Tracking Commentary 12/21/2016
Ed Next Can Charter Schools Serve Preschoolers? Commentary 12/21/2016
Ed Next 100 Must-Read Articles on the Shape of 2016 Commentary 12/21/2016
Fordham Institute Top Fordham blog posts of 2016 Commentary 12/21/2016
Fordham Institute Resurrecting Catholic schools Commentary 12/21/2016
Fordham Institute 2016: The year we came apart Commentary 12/21/2016
Fordham Institute The Education Gadfly Weekly Weekly digest 12/21/2016
Fordham Institute A New Federal Push on Private School Choice? Three Options to Consider Announcement 12/21/2016
Heartland Institute ‘Social And Emotional Learning’ And Other Nonsense Responsible For Dismal Test Scores Commentary 12/21/2016
Heartland Institute Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Elected Officials To Choose For Parents Commentary 12/21/2016
Heartland Institute Tax Credit Scholarship Programs Save Taxpayers Billions, Report Finds Commentary 12/21/2016
AEI The unconscionable assault on Betsy DeVos Commentary 12/20/2016
Bellwether What is the Purpose of Teacher Evaluation Today? A Conversation Between Bellwether and The Fordham Institute Commentary 12/20/2016
Brookings Institution Memo: Supporting English Learners and treating bilingualism as an asset Commentary 12/20/2016
Cato Institute Want Satisfied Parents? Empower Them to Choose Commentary 12/20/2016
Center for American Progress Later School Start Times Could Boost Student Outcomes Commentary 12/20/2016
Education Trust PISA Headlines Are More Complicated Than They Seem Commentary 12/20/2016
Heartland Institute Don’t Believe The Propaganda — ESAS In Nevada Are Far From Dead Commentary 12/20/2016
Public Impact Dashboard Shows: As Opportunity Culture Spreads, Teachers, Students Reap Benefits Commentary 12/20/2016
Ed Next AP Government is All Government and No Civics; All Federal and No Federalism Commentary 12/19/2016
Ed Next A NYC Mom Asks, “Why Aren’t Un-Zoned Schools Held to the Same Standards as Charter Schools?” Commentary 12/19/2016
New America Foundation Interview: Taking a Look at Pre-K Teachers’ Implicit Biases Commentary 12/19/2016
New America Foundation What Does Head Start Look Like in Your State? Commentary 12/19/2016
Pioneer Institute Op-ed: Challenge and Opportunity for Catholic Education Commentary 12/19/2016
University of Arkansas Whether to Approve an Education Savings Account Program in Texas: Preventing Crime Does Pay Report 12/19/2016
Bellwether Starting Earlier than Pre-K Provides More Benefits For Disadvantaged Kids Commentary 12/16/2016
Ed Next Authorizing Matters Commentary 12/16/2016
Heartland Institute There Are More Important Things Than Appointing The Next Ed Secretary Commentary 12/16/2016
WILL WILL Video | Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, St. Marcus Lutheran Schools Benefits To City Video 12/15/2016


Currently Under Review

The Center on Reinventing Public Education
Measures of Last Resort: Assessing Strategies for State-Initiated Turnarounds

Center for American Progress
Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools: State Supports for Evidence-Based School Improvement and the Every Student Succeeds Act

Fordham Institute
High Stakes for High achievers: State accountability in the age of ESSA
High Stakes for High Schoolers: State Accountability in the Age of ESSA, Part II

Bellwether Education Partners
For Good Measure? Teacher Evaluation Policy in the ESSA Era

Bellwether Education Partners
A New Agenda: Research to Build a Better Teacher Preparation Program
National Council on Teacher Quality
Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep

Recently Reviewed

Brookings Institution
Segregation, race, and charter schools: What do we know?

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