In politics, does evidence matter?

One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural addressexpressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use a little of this in the partisan and ideological warfare that engulfs our nation’s capital. And so let us […]

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Test lets Wisconsin schools see how they stack up internationally

It’s been known for a while that U.S. students trail their counterparts in some other countries on academic performance measures. But some Wisconsin high schools are actually performing above the level of the highest-performing “economy” in the world — Shanghai, China — according to results from an international exam. Last spring, almost 300 high schools, […]

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America Achieves launches fellowships to elevate outstanding educators’ voices in three states

  $1.7 million grant funds program to ensure that teachers and principals help lead the conversation around the Common Core This fall, the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals (AAFTP) will launch state-based educator voice fellowships across Colorado, Michigan, and New York, which will give outstanding teachers and principals the opportunity to share with […]

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Can Government Play Moneyball?

If you scrambled to file your tax return by yesterday’s deadline, you might take comfort in knowing that most Americans — 55 percent in a 2013 Gallup poll — say the amount they pay in income tax is fair (although that figure has been higher in recent years). The number conceals big differences of opinion, of […]

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