Early on in the Bush administration, former USDE official Eugene (Wild Bill) Hickok was one of the point men on NCLB enforcement -- talking tough during the Paige era and making states do all sorts of horrible things. Last I remember, Hickok had moved into the private sector and was being given what some thought was too much space in the Washington Post to talk about the importance of tutoring (see here for all about that). His outlaw ancestry rearing up, Hickok's now back in the news, having just settled with the US Government over having not sold 800 shares ...

'No Child Left Behind' losing steam CSM Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate introduced bills last week that allow states to opt out of most of the law's requirements, while keeping federal funding. Backers of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) say that move would gut the law. Fighting Over When Public Should Pay Private Tuition for Disabled NYT Almost seven million students nationwide receive special-education services, with 71,000 educated in private schools at public expense, according to the United States Department of Education. Usually school districts agree to pay for these services after conceding they cannot provide suitable ...

In response to recent reports surrounding the further spread of KIPP, the Threat Awareness Office at the Department of Homeland Security has just posted the following adjustments to the National Hype Warning System. Hold onto your bags: KIPP Is Our Savior NCLB Has Destroyed / Saved Our Schools National Standards Universal PreK For All (get it?) Bring On The Growth Models The HPV Vaccine Will Promote Sexual Activity "Human Capital" Is Where It's At (Teachers, Principals) The 65 Percent Solution (A Bad Dream?) Pedophiles and Stalkers On MySpace (& Other Techno-Fearmongering) For previous editions of the HWS from last spring and summer, ...

It is perhaps an inconvenient truth that there are several other issues that take attention away from school reform -- today's Congressional appearances by Al Gore on global warming being just the latest example -- not only potentially delaying consideration of NCLB but also diluting attention towards reducing the achievement gap, reining in the testing companies, or whatever else might need doing. Walter Reed and Alberto Gonzalez are recent examples. Health care and entitlement reform are even more relevant, since at least some of their work takes place in the same committees that cover education. But the good news is ...

The AFT, Ed Sector, and Alliance For School Choice aren't the only organizations that have decided that blogs might be a good way to go, and the Washington Monthly, Washington Post, Ed Week, and Pre-K Now aren't the only folks who've decided to look outside their staff for a blogger. However, things are really heating up now. I just got a call from someone looking to fill a full-time (salary, benefits) blogging gig based in DC for a large and reputable public-interest organization. Wow. If it was focused on education, I might do it. Except for that living in DC ...


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