I hardly ever read the paper version of EdWeek, so I never see the ads. But over at the NASBE blog (yes, everyone has a blog now), the question is whether EdWeek should have run an ad that's apparently paid for by a group affiliated with Scientologists (No Apparent Ad Policy at Ed Week): "What kind of advertising and editorial policies does Education Week have that ads like this have a place in their publication?"...

Failing Schools Strain to Meet U.S. Standard NYT "They’re so busy fighting No Child Left Behind,” said Mary Johnson, president of Parent U-Turn, a civic group. “If they would use some of that energy to implement the law, we would go farther.” The ABC's of Betrayal Columbus Dispatch The newspaper’s 10-month investigation found that a state and local discipline system allows educators in the classroom despite misconduct that includes theft, assault and abuse of children. Teachers' rights are often put first, districts don't always communicate with the state, and the Department of Education shields records of wrongdoing. ...

In its letters to the editors section, the New York Times recently printed the overly familiar story about how NCLB's rating system is unfair like punishing dentists based on their patients' health. Luckily, a couple of days before, the paper had reminded us what money-grubbing louses many dentists are, refusing access to poor kids and families more than ever before. So much for sympathizing with the dentists, I say....

I thought the Washington Monthly's Paul Glastris did pretty well on The Colbert Show last night talking about his magazine's unorthodox annual rankings (the anti-US News list). Check out the package of stories, which includes an interesting look at community colleges done by Kevin Carey, and a Ben Adler piece on the higher ed lobby's pretty amazing resistance to reform. The Adler piece reminds me a lot of the largely-overlooked James Traub piece from a few weeks back. If you think K12 is reform-resistant, you haven't dealt with the folks at Dupont Circle. And I'm not talking about the lefties ...

The Spencer Foundation, which focuses largely on funding academic research, is funding a new $75,000 fellowship for education reporters (and other interested parties) who want to spend a year at Columbia University's J-School and produce a "long-form reporting project [book, magazine article, newspaper series] to advance the understanding of the American education system." The deadline is January 31, 2008. Three lucky fellows will be named by March 1, 2008. This isn't Spencer's first try at boosting the quality of education coverage. Its 2000 annual report lists similar, though much smaller, grants given to UMichigan and Harvard for education journalism ...


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