Japanese Translation

This month, November 2018, a translation in Japanese of my book, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools, was released in Toyko. I want to thank the University of Toyko Press for this opportunity, and also thank you to the Harvard Education Press for working with...

It’s time to redefine the federal role in K-12 education

In December 2015, when President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 — congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle breathed a deep sigh of relief. Not only had NCLB grown...

Remember

When I was young, my parents bought a house in a neighborhood that German and Swedish Protestants were leaving because they did not want to live with Irish, Polish, Italian and other Catholics. Despite that feeling, we all survived, prospered, and even married those...

Advice for Democrats

To win elections, it is helpful to have a disliked opponent. People are more motivated to vote against someone than they are to vote for someone, according to an old adage.   The dreams of Democrats to have such opponents could not be better fulfilled than to have...