Partial to all things education? Got a little time on your hands in between all that doing good? Owe her a drink? Vote for AACTE hottie Jade Floyd (here at the annual EWA conference in LA), recently named a finalist as one of the hottest PR types in DC by Fishbowl DC: FishbowlDC. Vote now -- even if it's just to embarass the AACTE, who must be horrified that this is happening. She's one of their communications gurus, after all. UPDATE: Also pictured: Stephaan Harris, senior media coordinator at the Economic Policy Institute in D.C....

Thanks to DAD for recording and uploading these NCLB excerpts from last night's debate, which include Bill Richardson slamming the law for, among other things, taking money away from low-performing schools and districts (huh?), Joe Biden channeling Paul Wellstone and calling it a mistake, and Chris Dodd jumping in at the end to protect his buddy Ted by saying we should get NCLB right but not abandon it (NCLB: Scrap, Keep or Punt until 08?): No Clinton or Obama or Edwards footage, alas. Here's the video question that prompted these responses, which uses a whiteboard and some really bad heavy ...

First Lady Makes Rare Foray Into Lobbying for ‘No Child Left CQ Complicating the lack of movement are significant policy debates that have emerged between Republicans and Democrats, particularly over the weight standardized testing should be given in determining adequate yearly progress — the centerpiece of the law once expected to be President Bush’s domestic legacy. Maverick Leads Charge for Charter Schools NYT In seven years, Steve Barr’s Green Dot Public Schools organization has founded 10 charter high schools and has won approval to open 10 more. An Imbalance Grows in Cambridge, Mass., Schools Boston Globe Five years after ...

So far, at least, most charter schools have focused on serving low-income kids and ensuring that they learn basic skills. That's where the biggest need is. Now some folks are thinking about starting charter schools of a different kind -- aimed at a more elite educational model: private schools. It's happening already in a fancy park of Brooklyn (2 Park Slope Fathers Dream Big NY Sun), and I can't imagine it not happening elsewhere.* And, I'm not sure there's anything wrong with it. Like a magnet school or G&T program, it brings private school parents back into the public ...

Highlights of the week ahead in DC (mostly) include: Today: Hearing on S. 1642 (Kennedy, Massachusetts), the “Higher Education Amendments of 2007” to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 . NB: Also today: Spellings does press event (National Science Teachers Association) and meets with Congressional Black Caucus education task force re NCLB. Also: The Center for American Progress (CAP) and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) will host a news conference to release the report, "Creating a Successful Performance Compensation System for Educators." 10:00 a.m.; National Press Club, 14th and F Streets, NW, Washington, Senate committee ...


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