Two days before the Obama administration ended, its Department of Education released a report showing the administration’s most expensive education initiative had failed – badly. The school turnaround program was meant to dramatically improve the nation’s lowest performing schools. The Obama team sent billions of dollars to the struggling districts running the struggling schools. This is the foundation of countless previous local, state, and federal school turnaround efforts. This final report found that the schools that got the money, when compared to similar schools that didn’t get the money, saw no improvement in test scores, in high school graduation rates, or college attendance. None. Yes, billions of taxpayer dollars were squandered, but more importantly, millions of low-income kids are still assigned to persistently underperforming schools. Now the new federal education law encourages states to use new approaches to this problem, and the Trump administration is pushing school choice. But whatever we do, remember: The future of millions of disadvantaged kids is at stake here. Great schools and great educators can do so much. We just have to do something differently. To learn more about my take on education reform, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.