For weeks and months, I've been asking on this blog why Reading First wasn't a national (mainstream) education story -- only to be told over and over by my betters (Richard Colvin, et al) that the story wasn't big, or dramatic, or clear enough. Today, however -- perhaps emboldened by the Walter Reed coverage? -- the NYT finally gets around to covering the Reading First scandal (In War Over Teaching Reading, a U.S.-Local Clash), focusing on districts and states that opted out. Kudos to the trade reporters and publications who've been covering this closely from the start, and ...

If you've noticed a recent surge in education coverage from NPR, their "new" education guy Larry Abramson is a large part of the reason. "In 2006, Abramson returned to the education beat after spending 9 years covering national security and technology issues for NPR. Since 9/11, Abramson has covered telecommunications regulation, computer privacy, legal issues in cyberspace, and legal issues related to the war on terrorism. During the late 1990s, Abramson also was involved in several special projects related to education. He followed the efforts of a school in Fairfax County, Virginia, to include severely disabled students in regular ...

Things have been relatively quiet in the edusphere, but here's a roundup of some of the best blog posts of the week, including a little bit of back and forth between Sherman Dorn and Kevin Carey, and between Eduwonk and AFT John....

As per usual, it's too late in the week for me to do much more than point you to this week's Gadfly and NewsBlast and wish you the best. Some worthwhile-looking posts from the Blast include PLAYING SCHOOL IN KATRINA�S WAKE, about the "new tangle of independently operated educational experiments" in NOLA, MANY STATES ARE LAX IN THEIR OVERSIGHT OF CHILD CARE CENTERS, which makes you wonder about how well states are going to monitor universal pre-K programs, and -- why not? THE CASE FOR NATIONAL STANDARDS IN SCHOOL REFORM. Some interesting-seeming posts from The Gadfly include Three cheers ...

Kudos to the smart folks at the Center On American Progress for uploading this CNN clip about Leaders and Laggards, the latest report card out from the Center On American Progress and the US Chamber, to YouTube. You can see more of their uploads here. This one features John Podesta, who heads the center, and I got the clip from Edutopia (Leaders & Laggards: New Education Report Grades Are Grim). Edutopia online also has a little piece that I did on Barbara Boxer's after-school efforts and the growth of federal interest in afterschool programs (After School with Barbara Boxer). Question is, ...


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