Not enough time to read through all the stuff that comes your way? Me, neither. But, unlike you, I don't have anything better to do. Where to start? At EdWeek, there's a followup story about NCLB reauthorization that's worth checking out: Spellings Hits Road, Stresses Charter Plan. Over at Teacher Magazine, there's an interview with Mr. Controversial, Bill Cosby: Tough Love. As if the Reading First fiasco wasn't enough, this week's Gadfly features a report about how balanced literacy is just whole language in disguise: Whole-Language High Jinks. The Gadflly Show, which I only listened to for you, includes Rick ...

People always ask me how many folks read this blog, and I always tell them "One or two" -- which isn't all that far off. It's quality, not quantity. Others are taking a different tack, however. The NSBA's Board Buzz recently claimed that it had 100,000 unique visitors per month. Wow. The PEN Newsblast says it's "informing 250,000 readers." Impressive. And EdNews says it's got almost 2 million readers. Amazing. But there's no common or independent ranking system, so they can pretty much say what they want. In which case, I'd like it known that I'm 6'2", 215 ...

I don't know if this is entirely kosher, but if you want to read the entire article that goes along with the interview I did with Amy Waldman earlier this week (see below), try clicking here: Reading, Writing, Resurrection. It's a free link, for now. And it's a great article. Just don't tell them that I sent you....

A lot of folks have been banking on the $99 million TIF fund to kick-start their pay for performance plans and help spread the idea, but, according to this Title I Monitor report from two days ago, it's all but eliminated in the new spending agreement: Democrats Unveil Joint-Funding Resolution for SY 2007-08. "The program, funded for the first time this school year, provides financial incentives for teachers and principals who successfully boost student achievement." Unless this got changed yesterday and I just missed it. UPDATE: Meanwhile, Houston's pay for performance plan is creating controversy, according to EdWeek: Houston in ...

As if it isn't bad enough that a 29 year-old sex offender signs up and attends school for a time as a 7th grader, it turns out that he's done this before -- and this time at least chose a charter school. "Though many parents have publicly praised the Surprise school’s handling of the deception, Mr. Rodreick’s enrollment has raised questions about admissions procedures, which officials at Imagine, one of the state’s largest charter schools, said they were reviewing," according to this NYT article (Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town). "Arizona, the nation’s ...


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