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December 14, 2007

Oprah, the Next Education Secretary?

With Oprah Winfrey's rock-star support of Barack Obama, ABC News reporter Diane Sawyer wonders what's next for the daytime talk diva if the Democratic senator from Illinois wins the presidency. Education secretary, perhaps? Watch the video of Oprah's answer from yesterday, (fast-forward to minute ...

November 27, 2007

Reaching the Youth Vote Through Facebook

Getting young people interested in politics—and to the polls—is still a tough chore. But in this presidential race, and even in next year's governors' elections, the stakes couldn't be higher for the nation's youth, who will be affected by decisions made about education, the economy, and war...

November 20, 2007

Obama's Education Plan and His Dance Around Hot-Button Teacher Issues

In Sen. Barack Obama's new education plan, his ideas for reforming the teaching profession are substantial, expensive, and have the potential to result in fairly dramatic changes in the teaching profession. I discussed this with one of my colleagues on the teacher beat here at Education Week, Bess K...

November 20, 2007

Obama and No Child Left Behind

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., released a detailed education plan in New Hampshire this morning. It’s long on detail when it comes to teacher pay, early childhood education, and expanding federal college outreach … but somewhat skimpy when it comes to what is arguably the biggest education question ...

November 16, 2007

Democratic Candidates on Merit Pay: Teachers' Unions Have Nothing to Worry About

In last night's Democratic debate on CNN, the seven presidential candidates were asked whether they were in favor of the very controversial issue of merit pay for teachers, which is generally fiercely opposed by some of the Democrats' biggest supporters—the teachers' unions. None of the candidate...

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