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April 22, 2008

Now Obama Enters Autism Fray

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 "inco...

April 16, 2008

How Important is Good Parenting to School Success?

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. C...

April 03, 2008

Is Obama a Wimp on Education?

Alexander Russo offers an interesting case study in Slate on a 1999 dispute over who hires and fires principals in Chicago—and what Sen. Barack Obama's actions mean for changes in education policy if he wins the presidency. Essentially, Russo paints a picture of an Obama who stood on the sideline...

March 24, 2008

If ED in '08 Were a Superdelegate...

....who would it vote for? Turns out, that's not such an absurd question, because ED in '08 chairman Roy Romer is a superdelegate. Although ED in '08 has struggled to raise the level of dialogue about education, it may have some leverage since Romer, a former Democratic national chairman, is a su...

March 24, 2008

AFL-CIO: Not McCain

The AFL-CIO—a traditional Democratic ally—hasn't decided who to campaign for. Leaders are reportedly torn between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. But, they know exactly who they want to campaign against: presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain...

March 18, 2008

Education Makes an Appearance in Race Speech

Education issues - and specifically the achievement gap between low-income and minority children and their more affluent peers - made a cameo appearance in Sen. Barack Obama's highly anticipated speech on race, delivered in Philadelphia today. Obama acknowledged that schools in many parts of the nat...

March 05, 2008

Election Night Post-Mortem

What an election night! Two candidates who, at one point or another, were practically relegated to the political graveyard had big nights. Some education highlights: Alexander Russo wonders whether Sen. Barack Obama's wishy-washy stance on private school vouchers hurt him in Ohio, which is home ...

March 04, 2008

Good Grief! Not Fall vs. Spring Testing Again!

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 tea...

March 03, 2008

Obama's "Outspoken" Opposition to Vouchers

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. ...

February 26, 2008

Obama Gets What He Wants

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...

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