Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.
Recently in Federal Policy Category
November 09, 2009
October 30, 2009
The U.S. Secretary of Education underscored at a forum that teacher evaluations should be based on "multiple measures" that would include student achievement alongside other factors, such as peer evaluations.
October 22, 2009
Education Secretary Arne Duncan doesn't appear poised to go easier on schools of education in remarks he's making this morning at Columbia University's Teachers College. As you may recall, his remarks earlier this month on the theme caught some flak from the teacher-ed community. News of this morni...
October 19, 2009
An appeals court has deadlocked over the "unfunded mandate" lawsuit, filed by several school districts and the National Education Association, against the No Child Left Behind law. That means a lower court's decision backing the feds will stand. Mark Walsh has the scoop over on the School Law Blog. ...
October 15, 2009
I checked in with the president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education today to get some feedback on what her members thought about Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech on teacher colleges. Overall, she said, her members were disappointed in the tenor of the speech and hop...
October 12, 2009
Education Secretary Arne Duncan had some pretty tough words for teacher colleges at a speech he gave at the Curry School of Education, in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday: "In far too many universities, education schools are the neglected stepchild. Often they don't attract the best students or fac...
October 05, 2009
Although it got a bit lost in all the commotion about this hearing, the Education Department made an important teacher-preparation announcement last week. The agency awarded $43 million in grants to improve preparation programs at 28 institutions. They're the first grants awarded under the retooled...
October 01, 2009
Over at Politics K-12, Alyson Klein notes that the Obama administration seems to favor competitive grants, rather than formula grants, in its approach to education funding. It's a smart observation, and although I'm reading the tea leaves a bit here, I wouldn't be surprised to see the administrati...
September 30, 2009
The education committee chairman puts the union on notice that he believes it has shifted its position favorably toward a federal performance-pay initiative and contract waivers on teacher distribution.
September 14, 2009
The language in the draft Race to the Top guidelines is fairly vague on this point.