At a town hall meeting in the small town of Inez, Ky. yesterday, Sen. John McCain discussed how he would help rural America—including schools. He said he wants to bring more high-speed Internet access to rural communities by starting a "People Connect Program" that encourages companies to build the infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks. He touted the importance of community colleges and alternative paths to teaching (such as Teach for America) for school districts that struggle to recruit educators. Even as a significant amount of talk about education reform centers on the nation's struggling urban districts, it's important ...


These kids picked Obama. And even though the Democratic frontrunner signed their tardy slips, that wasn't good enough. Both have been suspended from a Scranton, Penn. high school....


Last month, I took John McCain to task for declaring that there's strong evidence linking autism and vaccines. I questioned what evidence he was referring to since research has found there's no such link. Well now, Barack Obama has waded into this controversy, declaring the research has been "inconclusive". Are the candidates reading the research? While they may certainly argue that more research is needed into the causes of autism, they should also acknowledge what the research has found—and that's no link between the mercury found in vaccines and autism....


Today, voters in Pennsylvania are casting votes that will likely make or break Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. At a rally in Scranton, the senator from New York admitted that "the last day is here." Clinton is a big ally to the teachers' unions, and a champion of early education. And, she's still trailing Barack Obama in delegate counts. With the end to this heated two-way Democratic primary near—whether it comes immediately after today's primary or if it drags out until summer—I'm wondering what impact a Clinton departure would have on the debate about education in this race. Would ...


William Ayers, the 1960s radical about whom Sen. Barack Obama was questioned at this week's Democratic presidential debate, is widely known in the field of education as a professor, commentator, and advocate for small schools and student rights. Of course, Ayers doesn't exactly hide his past as a former member of the Weather Underground and someone who has acknowledged a role in, and has refused to apologize for, bombings the group carried out at the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and the Department of State. The debate exchange is here. The New York Times notes here what is behind the ...


Richard Simmons!...


In case you missed Wednesday's Democratic debate in Pennsylvania ... well, you didn't miss much. The candidates very much like teachers, and still hate the No Child Left Behind Act. And here are a couple of other good reads from this week: USA Today's Richard Whitmire implies in a Politico piece that there is hope for us all... in that Sen. John McCain may make education a near-top tier issue. My colleague David Hoff visited Pennsylvania for a pre-primary story that shows how voters can curse their way onto the American Federation of Teachers' "Do Not Contact" list. And over at ...


It's very important, if you look at the lively comments being posted to a blog item that I wrote earlier this week in response to a Barack Obama speech. However, some of the commenters also pointed out that it's important not to overlook bad teachers. And one writer took exception to Obama's tone. Check out the dialogue going on, and please weigh in!...


John McCain delivered an important speech today on what he will do to fix the ailing economy. Although he didn't talk much the role of education, in a five-point plan he released today to accompany his speech, he identified education as central to making American workers more competitive And that's to his credit. (ED in '08 must be thrilled!) But again, McCain seems to think school choice is the answer to improving education. School choice may work to improve student performance and schools but I'm not sure even the most ardent school choice supporters (who should correct me if I'm ...


In Delaware, which has a hotly contested race for governor, funding public schools is becoming a big issue as the state faces a $250 million budget deficit. And in Chicago, a new report says Latinos are particularly concerned about the issue, especially since they face long lines for prekindergarten programs in their neighborhoods and persistently high dropout rates....


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