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August 25, 2008

Teacher-Pay Issue Is Hot in DNC Discussions

Teacher pay may be the biggest education issue at the Democratic National Convention.

August 21, 2008

Poll: Obama Edges McCain on School Choice

This EdWeek story does a great job summarizing the new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on the the public's attitudes toward public schools.

August 13, 2008

Mark Warner, High School Reform Advocate, to Keynote Democratic Convention

Although Barack Obama's campaign manager lauds the former Virginia governor for his work on the economy, edutypes will remember Mark Warner for his work on high school reform. Warner, who was governor from 2002-06, will deliver the keynote on Tuesday night of the convention. Campaign K-12 will be th...

August 12, 2008

Education Advisers, In Their Own Words

Minnesota Public Radio had a nearly hour-long conversation yesterday with education advisers for Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, which you can listen to through the station's web site. Former Arizona schools' chief Lisa Graham Keegan for McCain and Steve Robinson, a former science ...

August 11, 2008

The Democrats' Platform

The party platform that Democrats adopted over the weekend in Pittsburgh borrows straight from the Barack Obama playbook, especially when it comes to education. The platform, which is meant to detail the party's policy positions (but is often forgotten soon after the convention), will be formally a...

August 08, 2008

UPDATED: Ed Sec Watch: Arne Duncan?

There have been a number of names floated around the edublogs as possible Secretary of Education under a potential Obama administration, including former Govs. Roy Romer of Colorado and Jim Hunt of North Carolina. Another name is Linda Darling-Hammond, who has been advising the Obama campaign. And s...

July 23, 2008

McCain and Obama Advisers on Spec Ed, NCLB, and Funding

Sen. John McCain will be filling in the blanks in his education plan in a "little bit" with proposals on prekindergarten, college access and affordability, and special education, top education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan told the National Conference of State Legislators today in New Orleans. While m...

July 15, 2008

Obama Rep Endorses Pay Based on Student Performance

From contributing blogger David Hoff: At an event in Washington today, Jane Swift explained where Sen. John McCain stands on rewarding teachers based on the improvement of their students. The Arizona Republican would give extra pay to teachers who "measurably raise" student achievement, the former ...

July 15, 2008

Barack Obama and Personal Responsibility

So last night I attended Sen. Barack Obama's speech to the NAACP. He got a rousing reception and stressed the need for parents to step up and get involved in their children's educations. He linked that involvement to the struggles of the civil rights movement. Many teachers in the audience liked w...

July 08, 2008

Memo to Obama: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees

The L.A. Times this morning is throwing cold water on Sen. Barack Obama's ambitious plans to spend all sorts of money on improving education, making men better fathers, and cutting taxes for the middle class—among other things that carry hefty price tags. Budget analysts caution that in these tou...

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