The earliest roundup of education stories each day usually comes from, anywhere from 4 am onwards. My own "Big Stories Of The Day" supposedly shows up at 9 am Eastern. But there are a bunch of others that come out later and are often better, or at least complementary. For example, EdWeek's own "Today's Best" features some great stories that I miss. Recent examples include: Teachers unions are big donors to levy measure Seattle Times Law Punishes Truancy by Taking Away Teens' Keys Washington Post Boys get lesson in leadership

You know you've really arrived as a blogger (or are going to hell for being a bad person) when someone wants to find out who you are and sue you for libel. That's what's happening in one Oregon district, where, according to EIA Mike, the local union president is so disgusted and upset by what's being said about her that she's trying to force Google to reveal the blogger's identity so that he or she can be sued....

Last night's Colbert Report interview with the founder of Craigslist included much discussion of, the organization that links donors and individual classrooms directly: Very impressive....

If you're wondering why the DC education blogs are so quiet today, it's because all the best-dressed education folks are gathered at a big AEI event on the supply side of school reform -- the "intriguing and daring" reformistas who are attracting all the attention (and funding) despite their small scale, mixed results, etc. Check out the agenda and the papers here. Or, if you're more in the mood for a big picture view of things, check out Timonthy Noah's recent critique of AEI in Slate here. While not focused on education particularly, Noah claims that most of the Bush ...

Here the Economist details the struggles of various countries to improve public education and change the large variations in how much students learn, focusing in on a recent McKinsey recommendation that nations change the way they select teachers (How to be top). I know, McKinsey. And yes, other countries. I hate that stuff too. But there's some worthwhile thinking in there, much as I hate to admit it. If education programs attract the bottom third of college students, and universities accept and train them regardless of need, the built-in limitations are obvious. Of course, reining in universities, much less the ...


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