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Introduction Sequestration is an across the board cut to federal discretionary spending set to occur on January 2, 2013. It could negatively affect every major federal discretionary spending program and fundamentally change the way that schools operate. Admittedly, budget cuts are a dry topic. However, budgets also...

In most states across the country, work is underway to incorporate student growth measures into a teacher’s evaluation. In concept, it’s hard to argue that this shouldn’t happen. In application, it’s understandably complicated and, many times, controversial. To bring a different light to this work,...

“The law of unintended consequences has come to be used as an adage or idiomatic warning that an intervention in a complex system tends to create unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes.” My Great Grandpa was the principal of Holmes High School in Covington Kentucky in the 1930’s. He...

Overview A portion of Hope Street Group’s healthcare initiative includes exploring ways to lower costs through such mechanisms as payment reform and efficiency improvements. Another area worth examining is  increasing competition and free-market forces to address costs, which is one of the goals of the Health Benefit...

While working in government for about 10 years before joining Hope Street Group, I saw examples of great policy ideas that could’ve been helpful in solving some of the big problems facing the country.  Often, however, the good idea or proposal would lack a key element...

I learned a new application for an old word in a recent article in Education Week (Vol. 31, No. 27). The word is “churn”. While the traditional definition is “to stir or agitate violently”, in this article, it refers to the practice of moving teachers...

I am completely stymied over the current trend to publish the evaluation scores of teachers in the press. The Los Angeles Unified School District started releasing teacher scores in 2010 with the Los Angeles Times doing their own internal “value-added” statistical analysis which was somewhat different...