It’s not as if the Democrats are looking for outside advice in setting their legislative agenda now that they’ve taken over the majority in the U.S. House, but just in case they need some guidance, Chester E. Finn, president of The Fordham Foundation (and a former U.S. Department of Education official under Republican President Ronald Reagan) has a list of do’s and don’t’s for the soon-to-be new chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. I’m sure Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat, is listening....


Lesson Plans, a blog from The New York Times, chronicles five teachers' experiences during their first month of the new school year. The teachers include a poet and performer, two MetLife Fellows in the Teachers Network Leadership Institute—one of whom teaches a bilingual Spanish-English class in San Francisco—a first-year teacher from Teach for America, and a 28-year veteran English teacher. The teachers recount a typical day at school, tackle politics in the classroom, deal with disruptive students, and more....


In this chat over at The Washington Post yesterday, newly elected president of the Washington D.C. Board of Education Robert C. Bobb said he wants to fix up crumbling D.C. schools with the urgency the city would have mustered had it won the contest to host the 2012 Olympics. He also said he likes the idea of year-round schools and thinks D.C. schools superintendent Clifford B. Janey’s road map of education reform isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start....


Analysis of the 2006 elections continues in cyberspace and it’s likely to drag on for some time. eSchool News has decided that Democrats’ victories in the U.S. house and U.S. Senate are a good thing for education, with a possible impact on everything from technology funding to reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Edspresso is saying that Republican losses don’t signal the demise of the school choice movement. At Small Talk, there’s little thought that the new national Democratic leadership will make big changes to No Child Left Behind, but that some ...


The newly elected president of the Washington D.C. Board of Education wants to talk to you. Robert C. Bobb will be answering questions at The Washington Post’s Web site during an online chat at 1 p.m. today. Questions can be submitted early and a bit of background reading on Mr. Bobb’s election is also available. Also, over at Eponymous Educator, there’s a short discussion of Mr. Bobb’s plans for D.C. schools....


Politicians weren’t the only ones being voted on yesterday. Election day also found voters casting ballots for and against a number of education initiatives--from Arizona where voters decided to increase the tobacco tax to fund education, to Nebraska where voters gave the nod to an early childhood education endowment fund. At NCLBlog, the American Federation of Teachers’ site, there’s a discussion of some of the ballot initiatives and how they shook out. There’s also this primer, put out by the Education Commission of the States, which methodically summarizes and updates the results of each state’s education-related ...


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