September 2007 Archives

A brief intense research effort before purchasing a for-profit firm’s offerings, entering into some kind partnering arrangement, or investing in it, is basic due diligence.


edbizbuzz readers are not the only ones navigating the school improvement industry without good maps, most providers are in the same boat.


It's hard to follow the industry, and for the next few days, I’ll share some research strategies.


The subject of market freedom was brought to my attention by a mass email from the Education Industry Association. In it, Executive Director Steve Pines provided information on provisions in the Miller/McKeon Discussion Draft that would directly or indirectly exclude for-profits from nine Title I school improvement programs. Are students or taxpayers disadvantaged or put at risk by products, services and programs offered by organizations that pay taxes? Listen here....


From the September 24 issue of K-12Leads and Youth Service Markets Report.


Review State System of K-12 Education Finance...


Today, most k-12 program evaluation is, at best. a single snapshot of what worked - or not - where and when.


The model of "practical evaluation" developed as part of the NAS strategy for design dissemination was essential to whatever level of success was attained, and something any school district attempting systemic reform avoids at its peril.


“Practical evaluation” involves more than grading the efficacy of a school improvement program, it informs operating decisions.


Program results matter. The reason they matter is the present No Child Left Behind Act’s requirement that schools make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) towards 100% student proficiency in key subjects by 2014 or their students will be offered a range of help – and, more important, the adults in those schools will face a series of unpleasant consequences.


Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said... President Bush’s signature education program isn’t working and that he would provide federal education money with fewer strings attached. Associated Press Whatever you think of the substance of Thompson’s comments, what he said is much closer to the historical locus of Republican Party policy than George Bush’s No Child Left Behind. This fact has significant implications for a school improvement industry that placed most of its political eggs in baskets now held by a lame duck President and a Republican party well in retreat on Capitol Hill. Listen here....


Online Public Education is a Highway, Not a Turnkey Factory...


No matter which party wins the White House in 2008, opponents to NCLB I are likely to get a better NCLB II if they wait until after the election.


My critique goes more a mismatch of what education needs and SREE’s proclaimed mission versus the Society’s actions.


To help readers up the learning curve of my gestalt – and to offer readers a different way of understanding public education, over the next week edbizbuzz will include postings that cover my take on public education’s stakeholder groups, with links to relevant materials I’ve produced over the years. Teachers are the right place to start.


After a very slow start, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is starting to pump out reviews across a range of subjects, grades and providers.


I was surprised at the number of investments that took place in July and August.


The heart of charter schooling is not innovation in management or pedagogy, but a social movement – driven by the idea that public schools should be of, by and for the communities they serve.


The Miller/McKeon “Discussion Draft” signals the beginning of a very long end to the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.


Partnering with NASA is not rocket science....


Become embedded in school improvement planning under NCLB.


This blog is neither an apologist for k-12’s education industry, nor its watchdog.


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