The blog medium permits the audience to respond to blogger's prognostications in real time or at their leisure. Its an incredible opportunity for good arguments to rise to the top rather than well connected people. I think its important to participate in and facilitate these debates.

A virtual college fair offers everything you might see at a traditional college fair - plus.

I’d like to be seen as a critical friend of all market-based reforms instead of simply a critic. In real life, it's your best friends who can tell you what you’d like to hear least but need to hear most. An EdWeek article on the CMO evaluation prompted me to think about a typecast I hope to avoid, and don't think I deserve.

With the support of corporations in the classrooms, practical approaches to accountability and administrators acquiring the best software to meet teacher’s day-to-day (urgent) needs, our teachers will be equipped to prepare today’s youth to become productive citizens in the world’s most vibrant democracy and become tomorrow’s leaders.

This program would not be a huge stretch for many Supplementary Educational Services (SES) providers. Per pupil payments are a competitive factor, not a fixed fee, but there is no specific expectation of improvement in student performance.

The exchange between me and The Quick and the Ed's Kevin Carey of EdSector over the somewhat arcane issues around the Secretary of Education's authority to conduct the differentiated accountability program under NCLB Section 9401, and whether or not a Secretary would use that authority only where he or she has some kind of consensus.

From "Industry Fragmentation (I): A Function of Emergence or Structure?" School Improvement Industry Week, April 4, 2005.

I agree with much of The Quick and the Ed's Kevin Carey's critique of the Department of Education’s pilot project on differentiated accountability, but unfortunately Carey’s premise that the pilot “is not, in the strictest sense of the word, legal,” under NCLB is, well, flat wrong.

It's worth remembering that the waiver provision of NCLB I that gave Secretary Spellings the legal authority to offer this pilot - Sec. 9401, could just as easily be used by a future (Democratic) Secretary to kill SES outright.

We need to change federal public education policy from campaign spoils to professional service.


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