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Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2021
For much of the last two decades, beginning with the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, the top political leaders have shown concern about children stuck in failing public schools. NCLB required districts to do something -- not enough, but something -- about those schools. Millions of children still languish in low-performing schools,…
Descriptors: Public Schools, African American Students, Minority Group Students, Low Achievement
Pankovits, Tressa; Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2020
Across the country, urban school districts are moving beyond industrial-era systems by creating "innovation" or "partnership" schools that have the freedom to reinvent the way they educate students. The Progressive Policy Institute released a how-to guide for legislators, district leaders, and advocates who want to create more…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Innovation, Program Implementation
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
The poor quality of many school systems is a serious impediment to social mobility for children from low-income and minority families, who cannot easily pick up and move to communities with good schools. The number of students taking college remediation classes has soared, and too many students graduate high school underprepared to enter either…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Poverty
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Over the past 15 years, cities across the country have experienced rapid growth in the number of public charter schools serving their students. When implemented with fidelity, the charter formula -- autonomy, choice, diversity of school designs, and real accountability -- produces continuous improvements in school quality, with impressive student…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Released on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first charter schools, David Osborne's "Reinventing America's Schools" explores the new paradigm of public education that is emerging to fit the realities of the 21st century. Osborne's new book offers a bracing survey of the most dramatic improvements taking place in urban education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Charter Schools, Urban Education
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Charter Schools, Equal Education, State Aid
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2017
As 21st century school systems continue to emerge, low-income parents will continue to regard public charter schools as the means through which their children have equal access to quality education. This report is a response to the National Education Association's (NEA's) policy statement on charter schools. In the statement, the NEA calls for a…
Descriptors: Unions, Charter Schools, Position Papers, Public Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago, for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by 21st century systems, in which the central administration does not operate all schools and employ all…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Areas, Boards of Education, School Districts
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Since Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. However, most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the Industrial Era, when cookie-cutter public schools followed orders from central…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Public Schools, Educational Change
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what many call a "portfolio strategy." Others call it "reinvention," a "21st century approach," or "relinquishment." By whatever name, it generally means that districts negotiate performance agreements with some mix of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2015
An important contest is taking place in Washington, D.C.--a race between two vehicles designed to carry children into the future with the habits and skills they need to live productive, meaningful lives. The older of the two, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), uses a "unified governance model" that emerged more than a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2012
Today some 5,600 charter schools are in operation, with more than two million students. Some critics persist in a fruitless argument that these schools have failed, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. But regardless of your opinion about them, charter schools are here to stay. Those concerned about public education should quit debating…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Public Education, Educational Improvement