All this back and forth with The Quick & The Ed's Sara Mead got me wondering well, what difference would a Constitutional amendment on education make, anyway? Would it be merely symbolic, as so many things are, or would it have any real impact? The answer, I'm learning, is that if enacted it would have an enormous effect. And, regardless, it challenges the ed policy world to consider big ideas along with little ones. Click below to read more....

Like me (see below), at least a couple of other blogs including edspresso (here) and eduwonk (here) have linked to the thing about how the NEA opposes incentive pay. But what they don't tell you is that the item was sent to them (ie, "placed") by the Republican Senate communications shop, which of course has an interest in making Dems and the NEA look bad. I think that's worth knowing. Not sure why the others didn't mention it....

For a time, there didn't seem to be anyone who got more stuff into more legislation than the Ed Trust's Amy Wilkins, who was notoriously good at doing the Vulcan mind-meld with Congressional staff (including me) and powerful lawmakers (like Miller). It was crazy, as was the amount of positive press that the Trust got during those days. K12, higher ed, they were everywhere. Then Wilkins went off to do a few other things -- early childhood, charter school cap stuff, etc., and the Trust kept pushing along but not, it seemed to me, quite as powerfully as before. But ...

Like the NYT, EdWeek now has a "most viewed" stories tab that lets you see which stories are getting the most reads (for an example see here). And, over the past few weeks, this blog has steadily creeped up the list and is (today at least) number two. Of course, the list is totally unfair to everyone else at EdWeek, since I'm slapping up 5 or more posts every day and they're putting out one or two real articles a week. At best, the blog is "most glanced at." But at least EdWeek readers seem to like the blog, and ...

The security clearance issue keeps bubbling along, with a website with background and information (Employee Clearance - Home), which includes the letter signed and sent to the USDE (but no names of signatories). There's big money in these USDE contracts and the regional education labs, points out Andy Zucker, the informal head of the rebellion, which may explain why so few folks like SRI or AIR protested publicly. Remember, these are full-on security clearances, not background checks or fingerprinting we're all used to for better or worse. Previous post: Security Checks For Ed Researchers...


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