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April 05, 2007

Thursday AM News (April 5)

Testing rules to be eased Gannett After months of pressure from states, the Bush administration said Wednesday that schools would be able to administer easier and more-suitable tests to certain students with disabilities who have struggled on traditional exams. NCLB changes will allow more alternat...

April 04, 2007

More Coverage For Community Colleges -- And Better, Too?

It may come as a surprise to some that news coverage of particular topics -- science, international news, education -- is commonly subsidized by foundations and other organizations seeking additional coverage for a topic that might otherwise get lost in the shuffle. Such is the case with the new ...

April 04, 2007

Wednesday Morning News (April 4)

Effectiveness of No Child Left Behind Debated PBS President Bush's No Child Left Behind education law, passed in 2002 to help close the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students, is set to expire this year. Two education administrators discuss the law and give their views on its effectivenes...

April 02, 2007

Charter Reform May Be Coming To FLA

Based in part on an excellent and disturbing four-part series in the Orlando Sentinel last week, reform may be coming to Florida's charter efforts (Expect charter reforms, state says). Among the reforms that are being considered, according to the article, are online reports showing the academic per...

March 28, 2007

Sedaris Fabricated Stories, Including About School

Click here for news about how humorist David Sedaris may have done more than exaggerate his supposedly nonfiction stories, including one about how an elementary school in Raleigh set up a program "cynically designed to identify and cure young homosexuals by erasing their lisps." Apparently it's n...

March 28, 2007

WSJ Reporter John Hechinger: New Face, Familiar Name

There's a new Hechinger in town, or at least new to me. He's John Hechinger, who's been covering education for the Wall Street Journal for two years now (John Hechinger) and has already won some awards for his coverage. If the name sounds familiar, that's because the Hechinger Institute at Colum...

March 28, 2007

Internet Predator Tactic Works Better For Journalists Than Gonzalez

I guess that whole Internet predator stuff only works so long, if you're an embattled US Attorney General (Gonzales Runs Out Of Conference To Avoid Scandal Questions). Would that the same were true for newspapers and TV newscasts, which insist on freaking us out all the time with the same tactic. Maybe the Internet predators are preying on all those abducted children from a decade ago. Remember them?

March 28, 2007

Valid And Reliable Education Coverage?

Following up on his efforts to debunk the Times' Reading First story, D-Ed Reckoning takes aim at the Post's recent article on testing (Round up the anti-testing nutters). "WaPo is really giving NYT a run for its money for the goofiest education articles as of late." Agree or not with his views on...

March 27, 2007

How Reading First Is Like Gonzalez-Gate

Maybe Colvin was right. Reading this headline from Jim Romenesko's MediaNews site (US attorneys scandal intrigues journalists, but not the public), I can't help but think about the Reading First scandal. Like "Gonzalez-Gate," Reading First may in the end be more interesting to some (education insi...

March 27, 2007

Sometimes I Just Can't Believe What I'm Reading

Over at EIA, Mike says he likes my Hype Warning System, which I appreciate. "I need something similar for stories I read this week," he says (Sometimes I Just Can't Believe What I'm Reading). "Maybe a scale of 1 to 4 eyeballs popping out of heads, or double-, triple-, and quadruple-takes."

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