I blog about them, even though they never blog about me...EIA notes that public education employees now number 10.3 million (3rd behind health care and service industries), including 2.4 million state education employees. And they say SEAs are understaffed. Over at Early Learning, Richard Lee Colvin says "This blogging business is harder than it looks." Amen to that. Then Colvin goes on to say -- no surprise given his sponsor -- that UPK is going strong. Kevin Carey joins a small but merry band of folks who didn't like Linda Perlstein's new book, Tested. Any pub is ...

Yesterday, I ranted about the dangers of students multitasking while trying to learn. Today's rant is about sleep deprivation. Thanks to a post from former US News reporter Stacey Schultz on her blog, Fussbucket, we learn about a new NY magazine story showing that sleep deprivation has concrete effects on how much students learn, and that districts (and parents) who have addressed the issue have seen achievement go up....

Powerful people have been trading access for friendly coverage since journalism began, but the recent example of GQ magazine killing an investigative story on Hillary Clinton's campaign in order not to endanger their ability to do a cover story on Bill Clinton's trip to Africa has brought the practice into the light. This happens in education, too, though is not widely publicized. Reporters who don't provide favorable coverage aren't invited to pre-briefings, or given materials ahead of time, or don't have their interview or information requests handled quickly, or at all. But as this article from Slate suggests, "access" may ...

Bush: Leaving no child, and no agenda, behind Baltimore Sun Bush delivered his remarks in the Rose Garden, following a meeting with advocates of his signature educational reform, the No Child Left Behind Act, a first-year legislative triumph for which he is seeking reaffirmation during his final years in office. Bush Prodding Congress to Reauthorize His Education Law NYT President Bush tried Tuesday to prod Congress into reauthorizing his biggest domestic achievement, the 2001 No Child Left Behind education law. Bush Declares His Openness To Revising Education Law Washington Post Under pressure from the right and the left, President Bush ...

There's not much that's really new or interesting in too many education stories these days, but not so in National Journal's Q and A with Secretary Spellings from Friday (Improving on '99.9% Pure' $$). In an interview with reporter Lisa Caruso (pictured), Spellings mocks multiple measures as do-it-yourself school reform, says that more money for NCLB will only come with a new iteration of the law, walks back from earlier statements about preferring current law to the Miller proposal, declines to apologize for the infamous Ivory Soap remark, and explains the origin of her Bush nickname. That's good stuff. The ...


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