Nobody who knows anything seems to think that voucher and charterization proposals like the ones in the Administration's NCLB 2 proposals stand a chance in Congress, but I continue not to be convinced. Specialized voucher proposals (for a geographic area, or a particular kind of student) are particularly hard to argue against, especially once you've already voted for them (as many in Congress have for Katrina and DC), and are in fact spreading at the state level (Vouchers Eyed for Students With Disabilities EdWeek). It's nothing that a few good voucher abuse and ineffectiveness stories wouldn't erase. My current favorite ...


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The universal pre-K juggernaut is facing a few rifts, according to this EdWeek story (Scholars Split on Pre-K Teachers With B.A.s and Richard Colvin's post in Early Stories calling Bruce Fuller the bete noir of universal pre-K. Fuller is just putting out a book called Standardized Childhood. As both pieces point out, the seeming unanimity surrounding the idea of universal pre-K leaves out key programmatic and -- even more important -- ideological issues. Previous Post: The Coming Pre K Quality Crunch...


Check out what's going on in America's heartland, which includes the defeat of a bill to allow current charter schools to "clone" themselveswithout violating the charter cap in Chicago, as well as ongoing debate surrounding local school councils and their right to choose principals. New York City may not have community school districts anymore, but parents, community members, and a couple of teachers give principal contracts in Chicago, and have since 1988. It's amazing, and messy, and currently under seige....


EdWeek's Technology Counts, just out yesterday, shows that computerized testing like that Oregon was using before its troubles with Vantage Learning has been relatively slow to spread (Tracking U.S. Trends): "The number of states that offer computerized statewide assessments is relatively small, with 14 states making that opportunity available on a limited basis, such as within certain districts, or for students retaking pencil-and-paper tests. And only nine states offer computer-based testing to all students." Make that thirteen....


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