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April 03, 2007

March 2007: The Month In Review (Updated)

NOW WITH NOISE REDUCTION Blogs are usually all about the moment, and not so much about the long view. To help address that, and to try something new, here's a roundtable that includes me and three All-Star journalists (Schemo, Banchero, and Toppo) talking about the biggest stories of the month, ...

March 25, 2007

The Week In Review (March 19-25)

SCHOOL LIFE Who's On Your Hitlist? Peppermint & Stinky Shoes The Wisdom Of Children (In Three Parts) TEACHERS & TEACHING "Bloody Claws" -- Impressions Of NCLB's Logo What Educators Can Learn From "American Idol" WASHINGTON UPDATE School Reform May Go Better Out Of The Limelight Former USDE Dep...

March 18, 2007

Best Of The Week (March 12-16)

Policy Watch DonorsChoose: Micro-Donations Go Macro The Coming Pre-K Quality Crunch Teachers & Teaching Reading First Defenders, Unite Denigrating Teachers...Or Just Disagreeing? NCLB News Dissecting The NCLB Hearing Views Of NCLB, Pro And (Mostly) Con A Long, Boring Hearing? The Perils Of Being ...

March 12, 2007

Hearings & Meetings Schedule -- Tomorrow & Beyond

Don't forget -- there are two reasonably big events tomorrow in DC. The NCLB event, sponsored by the big four (Miller, Kennedy, McKeon, and Enzi) includes as witnesses mostly the usual suspects. The hearing, titled “Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization: Improving NCLB to Close...

March 07, 2007

How To Tell All The Reports Apart

It's a new national report a week, it seems, but this handy-dandy explainer from the Center on Public Education (part of NSBA) helps begin to sort things out a little: Round-up of National Education Report Cards. "The Center for Public Education has identified more than a dozen national "report c...

March 04, 2007

Week In Review Feb 26 - March 4

Best Of The Week A Third Way On National Standards Education Lobbyist Ellin Nolan On The HotSeat Foundation Follies Think Tank "Truthiness" How The Fordham Foundation Is Like Hillary Clinton New America Takes Old View Of For-Profit Universities NCLB Reauthorization Vouchers & Characterization P...

March 02, 2007

PBS & NPR Roundup: Education News For Your Ears (& Eyes)

By this point of the week, maybe listening to an education story in the background would be easier than reading one. Here are a few interesting audio and video segments from the past week: New Orleans Struggles to Revamp Public Education PBS From last night's NewsHour. Accused Teacher Denies Surf...

February 27, 2007

The Insider's Insider: Education Lobbyist Ellin Nolan On The HotSeat

Education lobbyist Ellin Nolan is one of those folks who never gets much publicity in DC -- she doesn't want it. But that doesn't mean she's not well know or influential in her own right. President of Washington Partners LLC, Nolan has helped turn the firm into a powerhouse full-service education l...

February 26, 2007

A Third Way On National Standards & Assessments

There's lots of good stuff in Elizabeth Weiss Green's US News story on national standards -- including about the grassroots version of national tests that might be bubbling up from the states via Achieve. Check it out towards the end of the article here. What's a national policymaker to do, then...

February 23, 2007

A Short, Slow Week

Even with the NAEP scores out, it doesn't seem like it's been much of a week. Maybe it was the holiday-shortened week, or the fact that many folks seem to be heading off on vacation (or wishing it were so). Still, there's always the PEN NewsBlast, including topics like high stakes testing, the rel...

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