June 2012 Archives

First, let me say right up front that I celebrate any school that provides a child a first class education. I do not care whether it is a magnet school, traditional public school, charter school, or private school. I do not believe that public funds should be used for private schools, but I do believe that every child should have access to a great public school. This year has been the worst year I have ever witnessed for attacks on public schools. Politicians and reformers who believe they are helping children by providing vouchers, tax credits, closing public schools, or ...


Last week, I attended a special celebration on Capitol Hill to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the independent board that certifies accomplished teachers in the United States. Yes, it has been 25 years since the board was created in 1987 by the Carnegie Foundation. This longevity is a testament to thoughtful, research-based reform that respects teachers and challenges them with high expectations. It was inspiring to see and hear the architects and champions for this gift to the teaching profession. Former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, Founding Chair of the National Board, ...


I know the teachers and education support professionals in Wisconsin are discouraged after the recall election of their nemesis, Governor Scott Walker, was not successful. I, too, have been on the losing side of elections that consumed my time and energy and left me exhausted. I know the inclinations are to point fingers, cast blame, question strategies, and declare your hatred for politics. Wisconsin educators are better than that. They will do what all good teachers do: reflect, learn, and make course corrections. In that spirit, here are my reflections. First, money matters. Wisconsin saw up close and personal the ...


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