I came to the Hill having been a teacher, an ed school student, and a researcher -- not from the campaign or the political side. And I came to the job actually wanting to do education. But every year I was there, I found that I was more effective the more I thought like floor staff or a press secretary. Going fast and low like that was extremely uncomfortable, but it worked, by and large. I stopped reading the reports and started bugging my LD for gossip and news about upcoming floor schedules. And I got things done, for better ...

"The 23-year-old English major accused of exacting a bloody rampage at Virginia Tech authored two plays so "twisted" that his classmates suspected he might be a school shooter before they knew for sure, a student said." (Police: Virginia Tech shooter an English major, 23 - CNN.com)...

According to this interview in Editor and Publisher (Birmingham Pulitzer: Prize Honors 'Basic Daily Reporting We All Do'), Brett Blackledge's community colleges story was original submitted in the local news category, then moved to public service, and then won in the category of investigative journalism. More than that, however, the story reports that Blackledge views his work as the "bread-and-butter stuff" of everyday daily newspaper reporting. Someone invite this guy to the EWA conference in LA next month. I want some of what he's got. UPDATE: Dallas Morning News reporter and columnist Josh Benton points out that EWA members like ...

In the end, it's all about bill language, not summaries and talking points that can hide all sorts of things. Too bad I just hate reading it. Still, thanks to a friend for sending in this new legislative language from the Aspen Commission, which turns the February recommendations into 55 pages of subsections and clauses. By and large, the Aspen proposal is, along with last week's EdTrust recommendations, the most far-reaching of the proposals that are out there. But I'm not sure if the Ed Trust stuff is in leg language yet -- the most I've seen from them is ...

It's hiring time again in a lot of big cities around the nation, and as contributor Regina Matthews finds out, no one's quite sure about what they're looking for: What does a big city school system need in a schools chief? They're pondering the problem in Philly (What Sort of Leader for Schools? Philadelphia Inquirer) and in Boston (Replacing School Boss Tough Task Boston Globe), as Seattle picks a schools CEO (A Little Tutorial for New Schools Chief Seattle Times) and Detroit wonders what to pay a schools chief (Detroit Schools CEO… Detroit Free Press)....


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