Forget what I have to say (below), and check out the video yourself: That face she makes when asked about smiting the teachers unions is good, as is the wink she gives when offering her "I don't recall" answer....

EdWeek's recent NAEP test results story (Test Gains Reigniting Old Debate) does a good job exposing the ritualized response that follows the release of NAEP scores as various folks try and make sense of the results (and, often, bolster their cause). How big were the gains, and were they attributable to -- or in spite of -- the focus on reading and math that has come with NCLB and Reading First? Not surprisingly, the Administration takes the view that all good things stem from NCLB, while others -- social studies advocates, for example -- aren't so sure that federal programs ...

Integration compromise is reached Lawmakers took major strides Monday toward creating a metro-area school integration plan that would settle lingering disagreements and keeps the Omaha Public Schools intact. Literacy Push Starts Earlier Washington Post By pushing for all children to read before the start of first grade, Montgomery school leaders have embraced an emerging goal in public education. In essence, kindergarten has become the new first grade. Immigration Raid Leaves Sense of Dread in Hispanic Students NYT After a sweep yields 49 arrests in one Minnesota community, students head to class fearful their parents will be targeted next ...

For anyone who's not an education geek, the real fun of last night's Daily Show wasn't EdSec Spellings' appearance but rather the show's hilarious coverage of the current immigration debate going on in Congress, which included one segment in which a correspondent says reform opponents are worried about the US becoming a "backup" country for illegal immigrants -- "like Wesleyan," and another correspondent, this one tall white and balding, goes to Mexico and try and get back into the US illegally with the help of his burro "Smuggly." Hilarious, over the top, can't-believe-they-said-that kind of stuff that's usually found on ...

First went the manufacturing jobs. Then the back office call centers and tech support functions went overseas. Then, just a few years ago though it seems like an eon, we learned about tutoring from across the world. Most recently, editors started looking for overseas reporters to cover domestic news (Pasadena, to be specific). Now, one more step: outsourced fast-food order-taking. As this USA Today story describes, it hasn't gone international yet, but that's just a matter of time: 'Want fries with that?' could be coming from Delaware. What's next?...


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