Wednesday's House hearing on SES won't be the big hearing of the week, but it will likely be pretty interesting given Senator Clinton's recent comments about the ineffectiveness of the program and its controversial use of private tutoring companies. Amidst all the posturing and finger-pointing, however, some of the things that may get lost include the many similarities (same companies, same materials and pedagogy, etc.) between SES tutoring and its noncontroversial private pay counterparts, the near-impossibility of determining SES impacts on annual state test scores from 30-50 hours of tutoring per year, and the reality that smaller, regional providers often ...

We read them ... so you don't have to: Extra Help or Racial Profiling? The Chalkboard The NY Times story about programs aimed at helping black boys in the suburbs is fascinating, and is the kind of thing we should be talking about more often and openly. Preschool Attendance: More Likely in Mex. Than in the US Learning The Languge A new research brief about children in immigrant families contains some interesting observations that indicate education policy can make a difference in whether children of Mexican heritage go to preschool. Ed Sector's "But" Fetish AFT Blog The Deep Pockets Foundation has ...

"No Child" law and state reform Seattle Times By the snail's pace on reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Congress appears flummoxed over how best to maintain strong academic expectations and state flexibility. If wired right, computers do belong in classrooms LA Times A buzzed-about U.S. Department of Education study released this month found that some popular software programs schools use to teach math and reading are pretty worthless. Colleges should be more accountable for new teachers Providence Journal Without a practical relationship, how can a college stay current with the needs of actual schools, districts ...

In calling it a "multi-billion dollar textbook scandal," USA Today's Greg Toppo may finally have figured out how the mainstream press can write the Reading First story. Or at least the headline. Everyone can understand a textbook scandal, and the money angle plays well, too as we've learned from the student lending scandal. As chief complainant, Toppo uses the story of Cindy Cupp (textbook pictured) rather than Bob Slavin. But it's still not an easy story to tell, as Toppo alludes several times in just the first paragraph, calling it a "slow-motion" scandal and a "complex, contradictory tale of textbooks, ...

For months, a mysterious illness had swept through their school, afflicting hundreds of girls, and they were there to ask for recovery. Mexico’s public health authorities have concluded that the girls at the Children’s Village School are suffering from collective hysteria. From the NYT "Most-Read" list (At a School for the Poor, a Mysterious, Crippling Illness NYT)....


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