How to Fix No Child Left Behind TIME It's countdown time in Philadelphia's public schools. Just 21 days remain before the state reading and math tests in March, and the kids and faculty at James G. Blaine Elementary, an all-black, inner-city school that spans pre-K to eighth grade, have been drilling for much of the day. Teachers Lacking Certification Are Told They Will Be Terminated Washington PostA D.C. public schools official has notified more than 300 teachers that they will be terminated next month if they do not have the proper credentials to remain in the classroom. U.S. ...


Over at Eduwonk, Andy's Spellings suckup continues with his typically belated and rose-colored recap of Spellings' appearance on TV. According to Rotherham, Spellings "looked good, and came off well, pragmatic and not ideological...they should send her out to big-time TV more, would help their case.". Excellent. Hey, why read about it here when you can read a less critical version of it three days later over there?...


Much as I am trying to avoid it, becoming a better journalist is apparently getting easier and easier. Thanks to the folks at Poynter Online, you can now participate from your desk in "webinars" -- short, cheap, phone-Internet combo training sessions -- rather than traveling for a costly workshop or weeklong session. It's all part of Poynter's News University, a two year-old effort that currently offers 40 courses to more than 40,000 registered users. Many of the online courses are free, and interactive -- popular with journalism students and working reporters alike. There's no education-specific course yet (hint, hint), ...


I am informed (not by the USDE) that Secretary Spellings was wearing a necklace made of rose quartz, not larimar, the other night on The Daily Show. "Reflecting the azure blue waters of the Caribbean, Larimar is a recently discovered rare gemstone found in only one minesite on our Planet,"according to this website. Too bad. According to the site, "Larimar works to bring truth to the communications process."...


OK, here's the deal: I find the articles, you read them. This time, it's a long look at Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's repeated failed efforts to win control over the district schools in a recent New Yorker (Fault Lines). Looks like a fascinating story of politics, ambition, and -- now -- onward and upward to gang violence as the new issue of the day....


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