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Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Hockett, Jessica – Education Next, 2012
Sometimes called "exam schools," academically selective institutions have long been a part of the American secondary-education landscape. The schools are diverse in origin and purpose. No single catalyst describes why or how they began as or morphed into academically selective institutions. A number of them were products of the country's efforts…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Selective Admission, Student Diversity
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Roza, Marguerite – Education Next, 2009
As the economic outlook continues to darken, school districts will be looking for ways to cut costs, and they will no doubt wrestle with some difficult issues. When does it make sense to keep classes small? When does it make sense to increase class sizes to cut costs? Such debates are often carried out in the absence of information about what…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Finance, School Districts, Federal Government
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Tucker, Bill – Education Next, 2009
Education reform often appears a zero-sum battle, one that pits crusaders demanding accountability and choice against much of the traditional education establishment, including teachers unions. The political skirmishes in Florida, including court fights over vouchers and charter schools, and ongoing struggles over a parade of different merit pay…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Traditional Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Philosophy
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Mirel, Jeffrey – Education Next, 2006
For more than a century, American educators and education policymakers have chosen sides in a great debate about the nature and function of American high schools. The origins of this long-running argument can be traced to 1893, when the influential Committee of Ten, a bluechip panel of educators, issued a report proposing that all public…
Descriptors: High Schools, Conventional Instruction, Educational History, Public Schools
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Finn, Chester E., Jr. – Education Next, 2006
The year 2005 began with high schools taking center stage in Washington's continuing drama concerning education reform. President George W. Bush started things off in January, when he delivered a ringing address at a suburban District of Columbia high school about the urgency of reforming American high schools and offered a bold $1.5 billion plan…
Descriptors: Presidents, Educational Change, Public Education, High Schools