This is fun. Santa Fe New Mexican education reporter John Sena wrote in to say that Richardson has done lots of good things for education in the state, but not exactly what he claimed to have done at the Sunday debate (see below). "While he has done some things to improve education here, he has not implemented "mandatory phys ed." He has started only a small pilot project funding P.E. teachers for the poorest schools. The $40,000 minimum wage is also something of a fallacy. He has implemented a three-tier system where a starting teacher makes a minimum $30,000....

The Lumina-funded Hechinger Institute Fellowships for community college reporting are out, with six fellows getting $7,500 stipend each to complete a major reporting project and nine associates. Over all, 50 reporters applied. See below for the list of awardees. Congrats to all....

Having felt burned last year by how his big annual report last year was covered by blogs and the papers, Jack Jennings' Center On Ed Policy is being especially careful in rolling out its publications this year -- most notably by putting them out in chunks rather than as one big report. The latest piece, out today, is sure to ignite a lot of conversation. It finds that student achievement in reading and math has increased since the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in 2002, and that the number of states in which achievement gaps among groups of ...

There are a couple of fun maps of political blogs out lately (Inside The Blogway, and this one from Politico) showing the relationships among them, which reminds me that it's time (for you) to update the Map Of Education Blogs, which currently has 60-odd folks signed up. Check it out. Add yourself or your favorite education blog. It's free....

Firm Pledges to Fix Online Exam Glitches Washington Post The company that provides standardized tests to Virginia's schoolchildren will add staff and upgrade technology to help prevent technical glitches such as those that recently forced thousands of students to retake online exams, officials said yesterday. States Press Ahead on Preschool Programs EdWeek Policymakers are struggling over funding programs and determining which children will qualify. Sex Ed Landscape Shifting in States So far this year three states - Colorado, Iowa and Washington - have enacted laws requiring schools that teach sex education to ensure the information is "medically accurate" ...


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