2300 schools face 'No Child' overhaul AP Nationwide, about 2,300 schools are either in restructuring or are a year away, according to a database provided to The Associated Press by the Education Department. Ed Department: states not meeting special-ed law requirements AP Fourth-fifths of the states are falling short of federal requirements for educating students with disabilities, the Education Department says. Teacher Turnover Costs Systems Millions, Study Projects Washington Post An independent report released yesterday estimates that the high rate of teacher turnover in U.S. school systems costs more than $7 billion a year, with systems including the ...

Over at the DFER blog, Joe Williams points out that if NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg takes the next step and enters the race as an independent candidate it will upgrade the debate on education reform since he'll be the candidate with the most of a track record on the issue (Viva Bloomberg?). For that alone, I hope he runs....

Thanks to the Schools for Tomorrow Blog for reminding me that I had never posted the Colbert Report segment on states gaming proficiency standards from a couple of weeks ago: Don't worry, it's still funny. And Colbert seems to have done a much better job than Jon Stewart of learning about (and blasting at) one of the law's not so intended consequences. (Remember, Stewart had EdSec Spellings on his show a couple of weeks ago and asked her softball questions with no follow-up.)...

Forbes has a rundown on mainstream media outlets bringing in outside bloggers (via Romenesko). Time, the Boston Globe, the NYT, the Washington Post, and many other outlets have hired outside bloggers in the past couple of years. Perhaps the most famous is the former DC gossip columnist Wonkette, Ana Marie Cox (pictured, so hot), who is now at Time.com. As a miniature example of the trend, I can attest that moving to a traditional site does include some loss of previous readers (as well as lots of new ones), and some loss of readers' trust (if that's the right ...

Not to be outdone by Michelle Rhee's splashy entry into the public sector last week, charter advocate and political up-and-comer Andy Smarick has just been named one of the 15 White House Fellows for 2007-2008. Under the program, folks from outside the federal government apply to work in the White House for a year. And everyone knows that fellows run things in DC. Lots of future stars have participated. Not that Andy isn't already a star among charteristas. Most recently, he's been COO for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Congrats, condolences, etc....


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