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October 27, 2011

Implementation Matters

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. Education policies cannot be successful if school districts are required to implement those policies in ineffective ways. While education policymakers passionately discuss the merits or...

October 26, 2011

"Time and Effort" Takes Too Much Time and Effort

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. Yesterday we talked about how the supplement not supplant rule can work against federal policy goals by impeding comprehensive school reform efforts and encouraging poor educational spen...

October 25, 2011

The Supplement Not Supplant Conundrum

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. In our last post, we introduced the idea that federal compliance rules can have an unintended effect on what goes on in the classroom by encouraging defensive spending, discouraging comp...

October 24, 2011

The Compliance Culture in Education

Note: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, lawyers at the Federal Education Group, will be guest posting this week. As education lawyers who work with states and school districts on federal education programs, part of our job is to advise clients on those programs' fiscal and administrative compliance...

October 21, 2011

Introducing Your Guest Stars: Junge & Krvaric, Coggins, and Elden

Hidy, all. So I'm taking one of my quarterly breaks from RHSU for the next few weeks. Happily, once again, I think we've assembled a terrific line-up of guest bloggers. They're all a lot more interesting and accomplished than yours truly, so it should make for a lively stretch. First up, next week...

August 05, 2011

Pedagogy v. Content Expertise

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. I'm finally coming to terms with modern education theory, or pedagogy. Six years ago I was hired to teach U.S. Government, and was put directly onto something called "World Cultures." I was given the textbook and told t...

August 03, 2011

Teacher Pay

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. My colleagues groan when I say it, and then tell me to shut up: teachers are over-paid. Truly, we are. To argue that teachers are underpaid defies logic and means nothing: based on what? Oh, teachers are socially import...

August 01, 2011

Stumbling Into Teaching & Some Lessons Learned

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. My first experiences teaching came as a substitute teacher in Montgomery County. It was useful work, flexible, and fun. It culminated in a long-term subbing job for the last months of the year for a government teacher o...

July 29, 2011

Follow the Money?

Note: Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is guest-posting this week. "Follow the money" can be good advice. Knowing who is footing the bill--for a political campaign, policy notion, or advocacy group--doesn't tell you all you need to...

July 27, 2011

Policy by Algorithm

Note: Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is guest-posting this week. There is a satisfying solidity to the term "data-based" decision-making. But basing decisions on data is not the same thing as basing them on knowledge. Data are co...

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