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February 01, 2008

The Biggest Education Issue That Is Not Education

Did you catch last night's relatively tame debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on CNN? Education got only a passing mention. However, as I listened to the two candidates, it occurred to me that perhaps the single most important thing that the next presid...

January 31, 2008

Clinton Dissed by California Teachers' Union

This is not good news for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is in a Super Tuesday dogfight with Barack Obama.

January 28, 2008

Education Endorsement

After months of remaining neutral in the race for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president. But, although Obama sits on the senate education panel, ...

January 22, 2008

Live from South Carolina, where Education is a Civil Right

I was in South Carolina over the weekend, and got to experience life in a presidential primary state. Since I was visiting family, I was confined to watching the political developments as most voters do—through television and the newspapers. However, I attended part of a Martin Luther King Jr. D...

January 17, 2008

You Know You've Arrived as an EduBlogger...

...when you make the Carnival. This edition of the Carnival, courtesy of eduwonkette, features three other noteworthy campaign-related posts, including one by an 18-year-old who explains why so many youth dig Obama.

January 16, 2008

Is the Dropout Crisis as Urgent as the Mortgage Crisis?

During Tuesday's Democratic debate in Las Vegas, sponsored by MSNBC, the three front-runners were asked a very serious question about education. To what do you attribute the high dropout rate among African-American students, and what would you do about it? The question went to Illinois Sen. Barack...

January 15, 2008

Discord Among Nevada Teachers Over Caucus Lawsuit

The Nevada affiliate of the National Education Association is obviously feeling some heat for its decision to file suit to protest new at-large precincts at casinos on the Las Vegas Strip that will make it easier for workers to vote during Saturday's caucus. The Nevada State Teachers Association is...

January 14, 2008

In Nevada, A Tale of Two Different Teachers' Unions

The teachers' unions are very busy in Nevada, which will host a presidential primary on Jan. 19. But the political strategies of the two powerful, rival unions — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — are very different. To make sure their teachers are hear...

January 09, 2008

The 'Quality Counts' Message on Teacher Pay

Boosting teacher pay is a hot education reform topic on the presidential campaign trail, especially for Democrats. Barack Obama even talked about it last night during his second-place-finish speech in the New Hampshire primary, saying, "We [need to] stop talking about how great teachers are and st...

January 04, 2008

Iowa Caucuses: Change is Needed, But Even in Education?

The results from yesterday's Iowa caucuses make one thing very clear: these Midwestern voters are demanding change. So they gave their votes to Republican Mike Huckabee, a likable, though sometimes gaffe-prone, bass-playing former Arkansas governor who has made arts education his big school initiat...

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