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May 23, 2007

Mother Jones Mention

Over at the Mother Jones blog, Gary Moskowitz goes off on Spellings for shedding responsibility too easily and gives me a little shout-out for the Spellings-Gonzales comparison (despite the fact that I've been mis-spelling the AG's name for weeks now). Money quote: "In the first 30 seconds of her ...

May 23, 2007

Watch Out, Cambridge

Congrats to education journalism star and all-around smartypants Joshua Benton of the Dallas Morning News (not nearly as angelic as he appears here) for having been named just one of 30 folks to get a Nieman Fellowship to go party learn stuff at Harvard next year. (See here for the announcement). I...

May 23, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (May 23)

Integration compromise is reached Omaha.com Lawmakers took major strides Monday toward creating a metro-area school integration plan that would settle lingering disagreements and keeps the Omaha Public Schools intact. Literacy Push Starts Earlier Washington Post By pushing for all children to read...

May 22, 2007

Five Questions For Jon Stewart To Ask Spellings Tonight

Dear Jon: Here are some questions you might ask Secretary Spellings tonight on the show: In an all-out brawl between you and Secretary of State Condi Rice, who do you think would win, what is your preferred fighting style, and can I watch? How come that guy Alberto is getting such a hard time fro...

May 22, 2007

Snap Judgements In Education Reporting

Always looking for vivid details to open and close their otherwise mundane education stories, reporters and their editors often glom onto little things that may or may not really make much of a difference to students' lives and school improvement. In this reporter's notebook, NPR's Larry Abramson c...

May 22, 2007

Big News Of The Day (May 22)

Parents of Disabled Child Win Ruling NYT The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that parents of disabled children do not have to hire lawyers to sue school districts when they attempt to ensure that their children's special needs are adequately met. Education put to the humor test USA Today With twin sc...

May 21, 2007

NYT Weighs In On Reading First -- "Cornerstone" Of NCLB

My telepathic powers over the NYT editorial board seem to have returned momentarily with this weekend's blast regarding Reading First (Putting More Profit Before Education). I have long been calling for equal treatment of Reading First with that upstart, student lending. For this I'll forgive the ...

May 21, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Monday May 21)

Evolution Opponent Is in Line for Schools Post NYT A member of the Kansas school board who supported its efforts against teaching evolution is running unopposed for the National Association of State Boards of Education. What If Every Child Had A Laptop? Sixty Minutes Are Intel and other computer gi...

May 18, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Friday May 18)

GAO report: Schools need more training on handling emergencies USA Today Eight years after the Columbine High School shootings and nearly six years after Sept. 11, 2001, many of the nation's public schools are short on both the equipment and expertise they'll need in case of a full-scale terrorist a...

May 17, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Thursday May 17)

See below for NAEP and Reading First stories. The Black And White Of "Ho" Culture Washington Post In a new twist in American race relations, a federal court has ruled that a white teacher in a predominantly African-American school was subjected to a racially hostile workplace. Positive Outlook Aid...

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