Report puts pacifier on 'smart baby' debate USAT Many efforts to build "brighter babies" are doomed to failure because they are built on misinterpretations and misapplications of brain research, a report says. Plans for Revamped G.R.E. Are Abandoned NYT After spending four years and $12 million on research, the Educational Testing Service has abandoned plans to introduce a revamped Graduate Record Exam this fall. Settlement reached in New York student loan probe A settlement with three dozen schools and a major lender announced Monday will make the student loan process more fair to students and their ...

The Ed Trust has hired a new communications director, snagging Stephanie Germeraad from NAGB, where she was a public affairs specialist. Her predecessor, Fredreka Schouten, had come from Gannett and is now the money and politics reporter at USA Today. Congrats to all involved....

Remind you of anything? Yes, the new NCLB logo, according to one of the commenters on this design geek blog called Brand New (Logo by a Child Left Behind). Colleague Josh Benton blogs about this over at The Big D. For previous posts on this, see here....

By now, you may have heard that there's a new education blog out there called Eduflack. What you may not know is that the blog is authored by Patrick Riccards, a longtime education PR pro who is currently VP for public affairs for Lipman Hearne, a PR firm for nonprofits whose clients include the National Governors Association, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and International Baccalaureate. Riccards says his focus is "seeing if the message behind the reform is effectively taking hold (or if we are merely having researchers or wonks talk to researchers or wonks." Welcome, and condolences....

Monday, April 2 1:00 p.m. MST Secretary Spellings will travel to Mesa Arts Academy, a charter school operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley in Mesa, Arizona. Tuesday, April 3 9:30 a.m. MST Secretary Spellings will participate in a roundtable discussion with Arizona business leaders, hosted by the Arizona Business and Education Coalition at the University Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Thursday, April 5 11:30 a.m.CDT Secretary Spellings will attend an event at the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce where she will meet with Representative John Kline (R-MN) and Minneapolis business ...


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