When I read my colleague David Hoff's post about Barack Obama's views that No Child Left Behind has "narrowed" the curriculum, my eyes bugged out at one line in The Hoff's post: "He (Obama) also suggested that testing should happen at the beginning of the school year so the results can help the teacher and that accountability decisions should be made based on student growth." Believe it or not, spring versus fall testing was one of the most contentious education issues in the Indiana Statehouse, and one I wrote about often for The Indianapolis Star. Many years ago, Indiana's standardized ...


This is from guest blogger and EdWeek assistant managing editor Mark Walsh, who took a break from his own blog on education law to provide this Campaign K-12 dispatch: Education won't be any more prominent of an issue in the in the general election campaign for the White House this fall than it has been in the party primary season. That was the view of two of the three panelists at a symposium on Monday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. "This is the first time since 1980 or '84 that education has not loomed large, or at least ...


Last month, I wrote about how Ohio teachers sent a letter to Sen. Barack Obama, seeking clarification from the Democratic presidential hopeful on his stance on vouchers. Well, the Ohio Federation of Teachers got a response, and just in the knick of time, since the pivotal Ohio primary is tomorrow. What prompted Ohio teachers to write to Obama was a dust-up over his statements to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in the run-up to the Wisconsin primary in which he suggested he might change his mind on vouchers if research backs it up, and if it's what's best for kids. Ohio ...


Will the Democrats, who recaptured the House of Representatives in 2006, be able to hold on to their majority? Political analysts are betting they will - in part because the Republicans will have to defend 25 "open" seats previously held by GOP members. Two of those members are running for Senate, including Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico. Edweek's Erik Robelen profiled her 2004 congressional race. She defended the No Child Left Behind Act, which her opponent attacked. But most of the open GOP seats are the result of retirements. Who's retiring and what might those departures mean for education? ...


Washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza says that Mark Warner, a Democrat and the former governor of Virginia, is all but assured of capturing the Senate seat made vacant by the retirement of Sen. John Warner, a Republican who is not related to the former gov. According to Cillizza and others, Warner isn't expected to get much of a challenge from former Gov. Jim Gilmore, his likely Republican opponent. That means high school overhaul may be gaining a vocal new champion in the Senate. In 2005, then Gov. Warner made the issue a centerpiece of his tenure as chairman of the Washington-based ...


Good stuff you—or I!—might have missed this week: Sen. Hillary Clinton has a new plan to cut child poverty in half by 2020 by boosting benefit levels for food stamps, making the free school breakfast program universal in all low-income communities, and creating a $1 billion "child opportunity" fund to find innovative solutions. A noble goal, and I say good luck because this is a significant barrier to education. When I was at the just-concluded winter meeting of the National Governors Association, Pedro Noguera, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in New York City, ...


...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 ...


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