Thomas J. Kane

Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Stories by Thomas J. Kane

Rejuvenating Massachusetts education reform

Rejuvenating Massachusetts education reform

Let's build on and reward districts adopting proven innovations

ON THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY of the Education Reform Act of 1993, the education reform effort in Massachusetts is divided, exhausted and directionless. Given the unrelenting pressure from global competition and the large gaps in achievement which remain, our leaders must find a way to rejuvenate improvement efforts. However, given the divisions among us, we should(...)

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The cost of the charter school cap

The cost of the charter school cap

Evidence shows low-income, urban students pay the price

IN NOVEMBER, VOTERS in Massachusetts will decide whether to raise the cap on charter school enrollment. The irony is that for most voters—those living in suburban and rural communities with charter enrollment far below the current cap—the vote is inconsequential. The charter cap applies to the percentage each school district’s spending which can be sent(...)

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