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Weekly Reader's Digest: EdWeek, Gadfly, Blast

Not enough time to read through all the stuff that comes your way? Me, neither. But, unlike you, I don't have anything better to do.

Where to start? At EdWeek, there's a followup story about NCLB reauthorization that's worth checking out: Spellings Hits Road, Stresses Charter Plan. Over at Teacher Magazine, there's an interview with Mr. Controversial, Bill Cosby: Tough Love.

As if the Reading First fiasco wasn't enough, this week's Gadfly features a report about how balanced literacy is just whole language in disguise: Whole-Language High Jinks. The Gadflly Show, which I only listened to for you, includes Rick Hess mocking extended learning as "the new class size."

Meanwhile, the PEN NewsBlast points to an AASA story about how the public really thinks: The Public Seems To Get It. "It seems the public and particularly public school parents aren't ready to buy the notion that schools don't work." The Blast also has the Rand study on privately run schools in Philly: Academic Gains Not Superior Among Students Enrolled In Privately run Public Schools.

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