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HARRIS: Allow the governor to lead completely on education

November 30, 2013
For decades, the nation’s governors have been the driving force for changing—and improving—education policy.

HARRIS: Trigger laws critical to amplifying parents' voices

November 3, 2012
For too long, power over urban schools has rested too much with district central offices and not enough with parents.

HARRIS: Far too many students still aren't ready for college

September 29, 2012
In Indiana and other states, we face a sobering reality: Far too few students are prepared for college-level coursework.

HARRIS: Daniels has historic chance to transform teacher training

September 1, 2012
Gov. Daniels will have a momentous opportunity to make Purdue’s College of Education a national model for teacher preparation.

HARRIS: Evaluating all teachers is critical, regardless of subject

August 4, 2012
When compensating teachers based on test scores and other performance measures, how should teachers in fine arts be reviewed?

HARRIS: Solid board members elevate local charter schools

June 30, 2012
Community leaders can fundamentally shape institutions that have the potential to change kids’ lives.

HARRIS: Tests should be a priority, but not at expense of other skills

June 2, 2012
Standardized tests are a vital instrument for determining whether schools are carrying out their central mission.

HARRIS: Charter performance is strong, but accountability is critical

May 5, 2012
The autonomy charter schools receive comes with the condition that they meet high standards or face closure.

HARRIS: Reforms elevate teaching profession to the status it deserves

March 31, 2012
Teaching should be our nation’s highest calling. Indiana’s recent education reforms take us a big step in that direction.

HARRIS: A good idea, as long as quality is closely monitored

February 4, 2012
In certain instances technology is actually changing the very nature of teaching and learning and helping students achieve at drastically higher rates.

HARRIS: Takeover threats have a way of moving the needle

January 7, 2012
With the state continuing to apply pressure on districts to improve student achievement, it’s time for bold new ideas.

HARRIS: Trigger weakens suffocating power of special interests

November 12, 2011
A “parent trigger” would be one of the biggest game changers in public education history.

HARRIS: Training programs should prove their mettle with results

October 8, 2011
Simply put, the type of program, number of credit hours, or path to certification aren’t as important as teachers’ impact on their students.

HARRIS: A better structure would let standout schools emerge

September 10, 2011
Urban school systems across the country are in crisis, but some individual urban schools are thriving.

HARRIS: Getting parents involved works better than punishment

August 6, 2011
The notion that kids from challenging backgrounds are destined to fail could not be more wrong.

HARRIS: We need a system to make high school diplomas count

July 9, 2011
Unfortunately, too many students who make it through high school aren’t well prepared for what comes next.

HARRIS: 'Parent trigger' would force improvement on schools

June 11, 2011
To continue our educational transformation, legislators should consider four important issues in future sessions.

HARRIS: Revised schools would free money to pay best teachers more

May 7, 2011
Of all the school factors that affect how much students learn, nothing is more important than the quality of the teachers in their classrooms.

HARRIS: Education reform would elevate, not denigrate, teachers

April 9, 2011
What is especially troubling about this tactic is that it denies us a chance to debate these critical issues. The policies being proposed in Indiana to evaluate and reward teachers would benefit from a robust debate.

HARRIS: The amount of quality classroom time is the real issue

March 12, 2011
It’s not when to start and when to end that matters, it’s the amount of time kids spend actually learning that will keep us competing in the global economy.

HARRIS: Evaluate teachers annually based on clear standards

February 12, 2011
Evaluations should be based on “clear standards of instructional excellence that prioritize student learning.”

HARRIS: Teacher contracts are written for adults, not students

January 8, 2011
Too often, teacher contracts have put the interests of adults above the interests of students. Adults have all the power.

HARRIS: Improved charter laws would lure top operators

December 11, 2010
Education reform promises to be central in the upcoming legislative session and many important reforms are on the agenda.
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