Sensing a timely opportunity, Ed Next is rushing out its summer profile of EdSec Spellings to coincide with all the hullabaloo surrounding her upcoming appearance on the Hill, etc. Still, can a profile put out by folks (Finn, Petrilli et al) who are distinctly on the outs with Spellings be taken seriously -- and does the profile offer anything that we don't already know? Not from the press release, it seems. The fact that Spellings is on the hotseat is pretty clear, and we already know that Spellings was a hard-ass during the first few years, and then turned softie ...

Yield Documents, Lawmaker Tells White House NYT Steve Forde, a spokesman for the committee’s Republicans said, “Overly broad and politically motivated fishing expeditions will not restore faith in these programs — programs that continue helping millions of students learn to read and attend college, even to this day.” Vallas on deck in New Orleans Philadelphia Inquirer His hiring as schools chief could come this week. By Susan Snyder Paul Vallas is set to be named superintendent of yet another struggling urban school district - hurricane-ravaged New Orleans - probably by the end of the week, sources say. Spellings Called to ...

Congressman George Miller is peeved, it seems (or he's jealous of all the fun the folks on the Judiciary Committee are having)> He's asked not just the USDE but also the White House for all communications regarding student lending and Reading First, and submitted a list of folks whose emails and letters he wants to see. See below for the Miller press release, or click here. He specifically asks for communications to and from former Education Secretary Rodney Roderick Paige; former Senior Advisor to Secretary Paige, Beth Ann Bryan; former Deputy Secretary William Hansen; former Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary ...

I rarely look at individual school- or district-level achievement data, and when I do I never know where to go. State and district report cards are often hard to find -- and not exactly user-friendly when you get there. The two sites I know about have strengths and weaknesses. There's the, which was funded in part by New School Venture Fund and is focused on parents, then there's, created by Standard and Poor's with help from Gates and Broad. Then there's Just4Kids. Which is better? Well, GreatSchools has the 2006 data for Chicago, while SchoolMatters has ...

"The contract of your local teacher union may be the single biggest influence on what happens in schools," opens this new report from the Hechinger Institute on covering teachers unions. "Find the tools to understanding these complex documents in our primer on Covering Teachers Unions." (pdf) Eduwonk says (jokingly, I think), "I don't see why this is so complicated that we need a guide, it's all about the kids you know." No word yet from the NEA or AFT, though I'm imagining there'll be some criticism of substance or tone....


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