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Fethullah Gülen in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 2013. REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi

Fethullah Gülen: public intellectual or public enemy?

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader.
Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes? Lower Columbia College (LCC)

Do school vouchers improve results? It depends on what we ask

A recent study on school vouchers shows that the program may be harming kids' academic achievement, at least in math. What's missing here? Are test scores the only way to judge a program?
The atmosphere in classrooms in Finland is more relaxed. Jari Sjölund

Do teachers in Finland have more autonomy?

October 5 is World Teachers' Day. How about paying some attention to how teachers experience their work? Do teachers in Finland have more autonomy when compared to those in the US?
First Lady visits charter school in Washington DC. Yuri Gripas/Shutterstock

Charter schools: fabulous or failures?

Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…
How do you measure the value of a charter school? Reuters/Lee Celano

Making sense of the evidence on charter school test scores

Imagine a police officer pulls you over and tickets you for speeding. She tells you she measured you going 50.5 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. No, you reply, my speedometer shows that I was going exactly 49.5…
Some schools just need a push. EPA/Gary Rothstein

Explainer: what was the Louisiana school takeover?

The Department for Education has been scrambling to end the crisis over allegations of extremism at Muslim schools in Birmingham (the so-called Trojan Horse affair). Among all the ideas floated, one, the…

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