Regarding the Ayers affair, Dean Millot posted the following comment below and over at Flypaper, but it is worth reprinting in full:I'm a lawyer now involved in k-12 education with a long background in national security.Putting on my lawyer hat - Ayers was a fugitive from justice, but all charges against him were dropped in light of prosecutorial misconduct.Putting on my national security hat - to describe him and the Weather Underground as terrorrists is a bit of hyberbole. As a tactic of political struggle, terrorism refers to the indiscriminate use of force against innocents. The Weather ...

Doug Ready is a sociologist of education who teaches at Teachers College. His research examines the influence of educational policies and practices on educational equity and access. With Valarie Lee, he co-authored Schools Within Schools: Possibilities and Pitfalls of High School Reform, which warns that schools within schools can become powerful tracking devices. Recently, he penned an excellent review of the class size literature. You can listen to a podcast of his class size talk and read the report here....

KnowHow2Go has a new college access campaign encouraging kids to take tough classes like Algebra II and Foreign Languages. Think KISS x Schwarzenegger, but with Mr. Rogers' intentions. I'm going to hide under my bed now....

Imagine that you had 8 staff that cost a total of $904,636. Next year, you will also have 8 staff, but they are only budgeted at $1117, for a mean salary of $139.63. (See p. 446.) That's the deal with Joel Klein's staff - his 8 staff stay, but they are working for sweatshop wages.Hmmmm - if I wanted to make the central Department of Education budget appear smaller than it really is, might I make these monies reappear after public scrutiny of the budget subsided? I'm just saying.If I am missing an alternate explanation (i.e....

Earlier in the week, Mike "Milli" Petrilli asked if I "favor electing former terrorists to key positions of authority within the education research community." Here's the backstory: In his Memo to the AERA, Petrilli suggested that the AERA council should unseat Bill Ayers as Vice-President Elect of Curriculum Studies. I disagree. While I do not condone his actions, Bill Ayers was democratically elected, and the right of professional associations to self-govern should be respected.Mike believes that Ayers' presence reflects badly on the whole association, but guilt by association is a shaky principle. I don't judge Mike Petrilli, whose colleagues ...

A) 3,894,812 subway ridesB) 15,579 pairs of Prada heelsC) 1812 hours with the Emperors VIP ClubD) 315 years of education at the Brearley SchoolE) 18 staff for the New York City Department of Education's Division of Assessment and AccountabilityOn page 446 of New York City's FY09 budget, we learn that the Division of Assessment and Accountability is budgeted at $8,287,282. $7,789,623 will buy you 18 staff - that's $432,757 per person!The irony of NYC's selective attention to budgeting issues? Priceless.Update: NYC Parents dishes the goods on Bloomberg's $4.5 million ...

It's a deadly slow week in education policy, so I'll pass along this op-ed in the School Library Journal (Killing Me Softly: No Child Left Behind) on a teacher's decision to leave teaching because of the No Child Left Behind Act. Minus 5 points for the melodramatic beginning (I feel like the last marine who got out before the siege of Khe Sanh. I feel like the one Titanic band member who overslept, missed the voyage, and lived. In my darkest moments, I feel like a traitor.), but you can't hold that against a guy who writes young adult fiction. ...

NYC education reporters take note. Straying from his Code Blue demeanor, Mayor Mike proves that he will devour you (without checking your calories) if you accuse him of "maintaining" anything - about NYC schools or otherwise. That's a shame, because this has been a blockbuster school year for "maintaining" in NYC. (Greatest hits: here, here, and here.)In the clip below, a Newsday reporter says, “Mayor, you maintain that..." Bloomberg cuts him off with: “Maintain is a word that I don’t think is appropriate, sir. The next time you have a question and want to insinuate that I lie, ...

It wasn't me, that's for sure. John Merrow shed crocodile tears this morning over public education's "upside-down universe where student outcomes are not allowed to be connected to teaching." He gives a special shout out to New York, though conveniently fails to mention that our tests are administered smack in the middle of the year. We'll give him a pass for forgetfulness - but watch your drink next time, J.You can't swing a fish anymore without hitting a glitch in value-added models - try some of the papers from the recent Wisconsin Value-Added Conference on the complexities of measurement ...

Someone should make tee shirts.From left to right, the Fordham Foundation's Liam Julian, Mike Petrilli, and Checker Finn. If you missed the beginning of this thread, here's the original name brainstorm....


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