...otherwise known as the National Governors' Association just-concluded winter meeting, which I staffed in hopes of getting a good story about initiatives underway by governors to improve public schools. Instead, I wrote this story for EdWeek: "Education Gets Short Shrift at Governors' Winter Meeting." So, what's on the governors' minds? Other really important things, like health care, the "real ID" federal identification mandate, the federal economic stimulus package and clean, affordable energy. And then, of course, attendees and the governors at this Washington D.C. conference talked about who's endorsing whom for president and whether any of these heads-of-state might ...


During the much-balley-hooed interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about vouchers, Sen. Barack Obama expressed concern that there had been no long-range study of the city's voucher program. Well, now there is, or at least the beginning of one. Though the results are preliminary, there are some interesting tidbits in the University of Arkansas study (the first year of a planned five-year study), which you can check out for yourself. The summary is here, or a complete menu of options here. First, vouchers haven't made a huge difference in student performance, and in fact, results are mixed as to whether ...


Yesterday's Washington Post explored the flip-flopping going on with Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The Post id'd its top five flip flops for each candidate. And what was No. 2 for Clinton? Her position on No Child Left Behind....


Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is now the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race, both in delegates and in the popular vote. So it's well with taking a look at his team of education advisers ... these folks could well end up staffing the U.S. Department of Education under an Obama administration. We've been able to track down a partial list of campaign advisers and are hoping to add more in coming days and weeks. But a preliminary look at some of the campaign advisers shows a mix of state policymakers, academics, researchers..and luckily, for Campaign K-12 readers, a sizeable ...


If education voters were hoping that last night's Democratic debate on CNN might give Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois a chance to hash out their views on school choice, teacher pay, or any other hot button education issue ... they were sorely disappointed. There wasn't a single question on education in the second-to-last scheduled debate between the two remaining Democratic contenders. Still, Obama did use one question as an opportunity to express his support for bilingual education - an issue that's likely to be important to the sizeable number of Hispanic voters who will ...


Inquiring minds in Ohio want to know: Is Obama open to vouchers, or isn't he? That's the gist of this letter the Ohio Federation of Teachers sent to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign this week after the Illinois Democrat recently told newspaper reporters in Milwaukee that he might reconsider his opposition to vouchers if there's research to back it up, and if vouchers are what's best for kids. The letter, signed by the OFT and the local unions representing teachers in Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati, points out that Sen. Obama didn't seem nearly as open to vouchers in his responses to ...


Barack Obama dared to declare that he might be open to vouchers if there's evidence to back up this controversial education reform effort and, more importantly, if it's what's "best for kids." Imagine that—a presidential hopeful being in favor of a program if there's research to support it, and if it helps kids! Well, now the Obama campaign is in damage-control mode because vouchers are one of the most polarizing issues in education reform, and fiercely opposed by the teachers' unions. After all, the National Education Association's endorsement is still up for grabs. Obama's campaign sent Education Week this ...


My colleague, David Hoff, devotes a fair amount of space in Education Week to unearthing as much as he can about Sen. John McCain's views on education. It's becoming a more difficult task since the campaign office of the Republican frontrunner won't return phone calls. Not to Hoff. Not to me. Not to The Arizona Republic, which wanted to know his specific views on the No Child Left Behind Act. So, I think this quote from Hoff's story says it all: “I don’t think he has a strong track record of putting education at the top of his priorities,” ...


That's the question I started thinking about given the flap over Sen. Barack Obama's "plagiarism" of some lines from a speech of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a big-time Obama supporter. I'm in grad school now, and as a student, plagiarism (or the borrowing of another's work and claiming it as one's own) is strictly prohibited. Even unintentional plagiarism is grounds for course failure or even expulsion from school. Simply put, as a student, you're supposed to cite from where you get your information—even if you get "permission" from the original source, as Obama said he did. I suspect the ...


Got a minute? Take a spin through these campaign-related posts and tidbits from this week: The Hoff digs up some good information on John McCain. Perhaps I will have to change the the "Incomplete" grade I gave the Republican senator from Arizona. Joe Williams offers a thoughtful analysis of Obama's openness to school vouchers. Advocacy group Pre-K Now wants "Sam" to go to school, so they've launched a national campaign dubbed "No School for Sam" urging the presidential candidates to make universal pre-k a national priority. That's a far easier sell to Democrats than to Republicans. An Eduwonk guestblogger wants ...


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