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August 29, 2011

So, Wishing to Focus Edu-Dollars on Legal Residents Is Racist?

Yesterday, the Washington Post devoted its lead Sunday editorial to slamming Alabama's tough new anti-illegal immigration statute. Titled "Alabama's immigration travesty," the editorial charged that the law is "poisonous" and seemingly opposes denying illegal immigrants any privilege enjoyed by cit...

August 09, 2011

After the Debt Deal: It Gets Tougher From Here

Last week, while I was on blog hiatus, the President and Congress topped off months of increasing rancor by cobbling together a last minute debt deal. There are several key edu-world takeaways that can too easily get lost amidst the languid summer heat. So, let's take a moment to flag them. After...

June 30, 2011

How Much Should College Really Cost?

In the past two decades, the cost of a college education has risen steadily. Tuition and fees have increased at twice the rate of inflation, outstripping growth of family incomes or the rate of increase of just about every other good or service on the market. Policymakers and college leaders looki...

May 23, 2011

How Supes & Principals Should Not Respond to Tight Budgets

I had the privilege of visiting with Rhode Island's superintendents and district business officers the other day, to discuss the fiscal crunch and how to stretch the school dollar. One of the things we touched on was the recent Phi Delta Kappan piece "Leading Through a Fiscal Nightmare." I used it...

May 10, 2011

Cry Me a River

Nationally, until just the past couple years, nominal per pupil spending increased every year for three generations. Now, for the first time in memory, public educational leaders are being asked to do what their counterparts in any number of public, non-profit, and for-profit organizations do routi...

March 21, 2011

We're Craven...and Our Prez Is Just Like Us

You ever see the Us Magazine feature "Just Like Us?" It features pictures of stars taking out their garbage, walking their dogs, and generally looking like the rest of us. I've been thinking how aptly that captures our relationship with our not-so-bold President. As a nation, we're staring at tri...

March 07, 2011

The NYT's Fierce Defense of Wishful Thinking

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that most political disputes come down to a clash between the party of hope and the party of memory. Yesterday's New York Times brought that to mind, as I read their take on New York's fiscal crisis. The NYT editorial page bellowed, "At a time when public school students a...

March 02, 2011

Wisconsin, DFER, and the Return of Combative Conservatism

Much of the turmoil roiling the national edu-debate in the wake of Wisconsin can be understood as the shocked, disheartened realization by "ed-reform" Democrats that principled, small-government conservatism has regained its footing in the Republican Party. For the past decade, Republican edu-though...

February 28, 2011

Maybe It Is a "Brain" Thing...But I'm Not Waiting for Superpol

When I wrote last week that I stand foursquare behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposals to curb public employee benefits and the collective bargaining, my friend Diane Ravitch lamented, "Rick, that's very sad. Someday you'll see the error of having more brains than heart." I won't argue t...

February 24, 2011

I Stand With Governor Walker

My friend Diane Ravitch wrote the other day on her "Bridging Differences" blog: "I Stand With the Teachers of Wisconsin." I'd be happy to "stand with" Wisconsin's teachers if it entailed promoting a dynamic, rewarding teaching profession. But that's not what Diane is referring to. Rather, she's ta...

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