Changing the way districts give out funding to schools so that the funds are more equitable and better targeted is a technocrat's dream, especially if it leads to a better distribution of highly qualified teachers and ends the hidden subsidy to schools with all-star faculties that has long plagued urban education. But, as this post from Chicago shows, changing funding schemes is no easy task. As reported in the February Catalyst Magazine, the district tried to pilot a change last year, only to be fought off, and is trying again this year. And as you can see in the reader ...

This weekend in Des Moines, Barack Obama first pandered, then pushed in response to a teachers' question about NCLB, according to this story in the the Des Moines Register. Specifically, he called for more money for the law and for teachers. But then called for more accountability for achievement. Will this candor hurt Obama's chances of winning the nomination?...

This weekend's NYT story about the questionable quality of the University of Phoenix (Nation's Largest Private University Faces Economic, Institutional Woes via Huffington Post) might seem on the surface to be good news for traditional colleges and foes of for-profit education. The graduation rate from the school is miserably low, especially among traditional-age students. Some of the recruitment practices are questionable. But at least some of the concerns aired in the piece cut both ways. How could things have gotten so bad at the University of Phoenix if the current postsecondary system of regional accreditation and self-governance was effective?...

"Two teenage girls posted a fake announcement on their school district's Web site that said school was closed for the day due to winter weather, police said," according to this story (Police: Students posted fake snow-day notice on school's Web site - "The notice, posted Monday, confused many parents -- snow was not in the forecast -- and persuaded some students to stay home."...

In a historic first, Harvard chooses woman president CSM The Ivy League has reached a milestone in gender equality: Half of the eight schools are now run by women. Drew Gilpin Faust emerged from the weekend as Harvard University's first female president. A current Harvard dean, she will not only sit at the pinnacle of higher education, but will oversee a budget on a par with top corporations. Broad Voucher Plan Is Approved in Utah NYT The Utah State Legislature approved one of the broadest school voucher programs in the nation on Friday, allotting up to $3,000 for any ...


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