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June 30, 2008

Why Teacher Quality Is a Good Campaign Issue

Because respondents in a new Associated Press poll list it as the most significant problem facing their child's school. Forty-seven percent think getting and keeping good teachers is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. Teachers are a bigger issue than overcrowding, lack of student disci...

June 19, 2008

Can Ed Reform Thrive During State Budget Slumps?

One of the most disturbing things I heard today during a press conference about state budget conditions was this: the economic downturn in many states could last three or four years. That's about as long as the next president's first term. Even if the national economy takes an unexpected upward ...

June 18, 2008

Obama, Community Colleges, and Immigration Reform

Sen. Barack Obama visited a community college in Michigan yesterday to talk about college affordability, reiterating his plans for a $4,000-a-year tax credit to help pay tuition. (I posted his speech below.) More affordable, two-year community colleges, which are often overshadowed by their four-y...

June 17, 2008

Two Camps on Education Policy? Or Not So Much?

So it looks like David Brooks' commentary on Sen. Barack Obama's education proposals generated quite a bit of debate among New York Times readers. The paper published four letters-to-the-editor today responding to Brooks' question about whether the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee falls...

June 13, 2008

Is Obama's Education Plan More of the Same Old, Same Old?

The New York Times' David Brooks sounds very much like John McCain's education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan when he challenges Sen. Barack Obama's plans for education reform in an op-ed piece that appears today. Yesterday, Keegan laid out the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's vision for r...

June 10, 2008

And Then There Were Two

Now that we know who will be squaring off in this presidential race, it seems relevant to examine more closely the differences between the candidates. For a good summary of what we know so far, check out my colleagues' story in this week's issue of EdWeek. Campaign K-12 blogger Alyson Klein wasn't a...

June 09, 2008

An Obama Heads Up

Today, Sen. Barack Obama delivered a major speech on the economy and offered this education tidbit: "I’ll be talking in more detail next week about how we can make our workforce more competitive by reforming our education system, but there’s also an immediate squeeze we need to deal with, and t...

June 05, 2008

The Man with All of the Answers

As some astute readers have noticed, there's a new face on my blog. Look up! It's the NEA's Joel Packer, who is proclaiming in the above advertisement to have ALL of the answers. While I don't have anything to do with Joel's smiling face appearing there, I thought I'd use this opportunity to ask t...

May 30, 2008

ED in '08: From Nonpartisan to Bipartisan?

ED in '08's Roy Romer and Sen. Barack Obama have now entered the hugging phase, which brings me to the following question: How nonpartisan can an organization be when its leader and chief spokesman is so partisan? Before Obama delivered his major education speech at a school outside of Denver on ...

May 29, 2008

McCain vs. Obama: The Whole Story

From contributing blogger David Hoff: In response to Sen. Barack Obama's education speech yesterday, the McCain campaign is circulating the following sentence I wrote in 2007: In his eight years in the state Senate and two years in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama hasn’t made a significant mark on e...

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