July 2011 Archives

Cross-posted from Eduwonk. The new Early Learning Challenge is being referred to in some quarters as "Race to the Top for early childhood education." That's quite literally true, in the sense that the Early Learning Challenge is being funded out of a pool of funds appropriated this year specifically for Race to the Top (with Congressional language indicating an intention to use some of these funds for early childhood). But folks in the early childhood community were actually analogizing the early learning challenge grant to Race to the Top before that-when the program was initially proposed as a component of ...


Cross-posted from Eduwonk There's a debate about "neoliberalism" going on headin the progressive blogosphere that is sort of tedious and not the kind of thing I'd normally flag [and to be clear, I have no dog in this larger fight, just quoting the various sides below]-Except that it has some pretty striking parallels with debates going on around education reform today. Basically, the argument is that market-oriented and technocratic strategies favored by "neoliberal" policy wonks to address economic and social challenges are inherently inadequate because they fail to adequately "increase the power of labor relative to capital," or in ...


I'm going to be blogging over at Eduwonk this week and early next; check out my posts over there!...


Man, those CRPE people are guest-blogging up a storm at Eduwonk this week. In a smart post, Parker Baxter flags Paul Teske's research showing that transportation can be a significant obstacle to school choice for low- to moderate-income families. Of course it is; transportation is a significant barrier to lots of things for low-income families--things like getting and holding a job, or accessing health care, or buying groceries--as well as accessing a school of their choice. It doesn't make a lot of sense to talk about transportation barriers to school choice without engaging the reality that lots of things about ...


My fellow Ed Week blogger Rick Hess has a great interview this week with KIPP co-founded Mike Feinberg, in which he talks about Feinberg's "KIPP Turbo" plan to grow the Houston KIPP network to more than 40 schools, which would serve 10% of Houston kids. One thing that Rick and Mike don't get into is that KIPP's expansion plans in Houston would also ramp up KIPP network's highly successful early childhood and early elementary programs there, including this planned early childhood and elementary lab school in collaboration with the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center ...


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