I skim them so you don't have to.. Reading on the same page Joanne Jacobs Congress hates the most successful part of No Child Left Behind, writes Charlotte Allen in a Weekly Standard story on Reading First. Lampkin Goes Off On NEA And Prez Candidates Joe Williams' Blog Marc Lampkin, of Ed in 08 fame, and writing on the Huffington Post, gave all the candidates who appeared at last week's National Education Association Pander-Palooza an 'F' grade. It's All About The Kids! Eduwonk The Washington Post editorial board lays out the real behind the scenes tension surrounding confirmation hearings for ...

Though I usually find articles in The Nation tiresome and predictable even when I agree with them, I knew I was going to like LynNell Hancock's recent article on school reform in New York City when she started out making fun of the word "granular," which is currently being over-used in certain circles when it comes to describing detailed data. But it's not just that......

Public Schools Feed Multitudes in the Summer NYT The New York City school system has become one of the nation’s largest summer soup kitchens. Pilot Schools Setting More Hurdles Boston Globe Most of Boston's experimental pilot high schools, held up as a national model and acclaimed for outperforming traditional public schools, have quietly created admissions hurdles that call into question whether they are stacking the deck with the most successful students. More than half of teens forgo summer jobs USA Today Perhaps the biggest reason teens are bypassing work is to spend more time studying, even during the summer: ...

A lot of people seem to be enjoying this NYT Magazine article about new-era librarians (A Hipper Crowd Of Shushers): "With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging — the kind that, according to the Web site Librarian Avengers, is “looking to put the ‘hep cat’ in cataloguing.” There are an increasing number of librarians who are notable not just for their pink-streaked hair but also for their passion for pop culture, activism and technology."...

Maybe the week won't be so slow after all, I'm told, if Hill staff finally release the bill language that they've been working on feverishly with hopes of -- could this really happen? -- marking up a bill before August recess? It doesn't seem possible, but who knows. Congress Now says "As for No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers is making a push to mark up its reauthorization before the August recess, with the hope of reauthorizing President Bush's landmark education reforms before they expire at the end of September. Staff from both parties are negotiating ...


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