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May 10, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (May 10)

Copying School Plan a Mistake, Fenty Says Washington Post D.C. Mayor says the administration made a mistake in lifting sections of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school system's "strategic plan." Charter chain shows results, ambitions Dallas Morning News The preferred term is "promotion ceremon...

May 09, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (May 9)

Federal Student Loan Chief Will Step Down Washington Post The head of the U.S. Education Department's student loan office announced her resignation yesterday amid mounting criticism of the agency's oversight of the loan industry. Government Slow To Address School Bus Emissions Day in and da...

May 08, 2007

EdCheck.Org -- Fact-Checking All The Spin

There are two great fac t-check sites out there, but we need a third. The first,, is already up and running fact-checking the presidential candidates' claims and ideas. Amazing what those guys try and get away with if they think you're not going to know the difference. For this, t...

May 08, 2007

Big News Of The Day (May 8)

So to speak... Obama takes US auto industry to task, offers help Detroit Free Press He said he would add funding to help with the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, increase block grant funding to cities and organize nonprofits to build “innovative mixed-income housing.” Teen arre...

May 08, 2007

Vivid Doesn't Mean Accurate

One of the things that drives me crazy in journalism and in policymaking is what the New Yorker's James Surowiecki calls the "vividness heuristic" (It’s the Workforce, Stupid!): "the tendency to give undue weight to particularly vivid or newsworthy examples." His example is CEOs deciding to down...

May 07, 2007

Big News Of The Day (May 7)

Whistle-Blower [Jon Oberg] on Student Aid Is Vindicated NYT The whistle-blower’s story opens a window, lawmakers say, onto how the Bush administration resisted calls to improve oversight of the student loan industry. Lieberman: More education funding needed Ct Post For 100 percent of the nation...

May 04, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (May 4)

Educators re-examine who belongs in special ed classes AP Many children in special education classes may not belong there, the government says. A new policy is aimed at intervening early with intensive teaching to give struggling students a chance to succeed in regular classrooms and escape the "spe...

May 03, 2007

Reversals Of Fortune / Media Messups

Sometimes, the first-day stories don't get all of the story -- or get it right -- and then everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. Oops. Teacher cleared of wrongdoing in urination incident "Less than five minutes into the class period, the student urinated into a bottle and discarded it in a...

May 03, 2007


It's not just Oscars presenters who get swag these days, though the EWA swag bag doesn't include that cute new shirt from Kitson that I was hoping to get. Best stuff this year? A Texas Instruments flash drive/bracelet (in blue) that lets you save your data and look fashionable at the same time. N...

May 03, 2007

Teacher Magazine Goes Online-Only

It's an online world out there, and so it's not a total surprise that EdWeek's Teacher Magazine is announcing that it's going online-only (PDF). They've already got some good teacher blogs over there, and have always had good content. UPDATE: More information is coming in now -- including th...

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