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April 25, 2007

Big Stories Of The Day (Wednesday)

Billionaires Start $60 Million Schools Effort NYT Eli Broad and Bill Gates are joining forces for a $60 million foray into politics in an effort to vault education high onto the agenda of the 2008 presidential race. House passes bill to increase math and science teachers The bill, which pas...

April 17, 2007

How Community Colleges Story Won A Pulitzer

According to this interview in Editor and Publisher (Birmingham Pulitzer: Prize Honors 'Basic Daily Reporting We All Do'), Brett Blackledge's community colleges story was original submitted in the local news category, then moved to public service, and then won in the category of investigative journa...

April 16, 2007

Education Writer Wins Pulitzer For Exposing Community College Corruption

The 2007 Pulitzers are out, and in the category of investigative reporting Brett Blackledge of the Birmingham News wins for his work on community college corruption (Lawmaker paid by 2 schools for the same work, Two-Year College Corruption) that "exposed cronyism and corruption in the state's two-ye...

April 16, 2007

Opinion Roundup (Editorials, Op-Eds, Columnists)

"No Child" law and state reform Seattle Times By the snail's pace on reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Congress appears flummoxed over how best to maintain strong academic expectations and state flexibility. If wired right, computers do belong in classrooms LA Times A buzzed...

April 16, 2007

How To Write The Reading First Story

In calling it a "multi-billion dollar textbook scandal," USA Today's Greg Toppo may finally have figured out how the mainstream press can write the Reading First story. Or at least the headline. Everyone can understand a textbook scandal, and the money angle plays well, too as we've learned from t...

April 16, 2007

Morning News (April 16)

Meeting Brings No Headway in 'No Child' Stalemate Washington Post U.S. education officials and several Virginia school superintendents met yesterday to discuss tests for students with limited English skills under the No Child Left Behind law but made no progress toward solving a standoff over what t...

April 12, 2007

A Global Warming Initiative For AERA

The thing that jumped out at me at the Tuesday panel I did with Stephanie Banchero from the Tribune and former USA Todayer Larry McQuillen is how overwhelmed education reporters are with press releases about studies coming out that day -- useless, pretty much, to her -- and how the difficulty in fig...

April 11, 2007

Wednesday Morning News (April 11)

College freshman not ready, study says San Diego Union-Tribune Professors believe high school teachers should cover fewer topics with more depth to prepare students for college. Financial Aid Officers Benefit from Student Loans, Probe Reveals PBS Financial aid officers at several high-profile colle...

April 06, 2007

How To Kill A Story: Talk Only To The Teachers

This recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (A lesson in how to kill a school) is a great example of what I feel like I see all the time -- stories told almost entirely from the point of view of adults (and in particular teachers). Much as teachers' perspectives are important, wouldn't it b...

April 06, 2007

Friday AM News (April 6)

Federal Official in Student Loans Held Loan Stock NYT A senior official at the Education Department sold more than $100,000 in shares in a student loan company even as he was helping oversee lenders. Merit-based Rewards for Teachers Pushed on Hill Washington Times Rewarding effective teachers with ...

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