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March 02, 2007

Education Writers Assocation Award Winners Announced

Check out the new crop of Education Reporting Awards Contest Winners from EWA and you'll see a few familiar names -- Frank Bass, Ben Feller and Nicole Ziegler Dizon from AP for the NCLB 'loophole' stories, Stephanie Banchero from the Chicago Tribune for her Kate Boo-like "The Education of John Cobbi...

March 01, 2007

Thursday Morning Round-Up (March 1)

Hard recovery for failed US schools Christian Science Monitor Something had to change at Sobrante Park. Year after year, the elementary school in the poor flatlands of Oakland failed to meet test-score targets that, under state and federal laws, have consequences attached. US public schools rate ov...

February 28, 2007

Meier & Ravitch Join The Online Fray

As I mentioned last week in that long post about the lack of "grownups" writing about education, on Monday the unlikely duo of Diane Ravitch & Debbie Meier have run away and joined the circus started a blog of sorts. Called Bridging Differences and hosted at EdWeek, it's now off and running. Congr...

February 27, 2007

Reporter Refutes Claims Of Junk Journalism

Refusing to knuckle under to the bullying views of know-nothing education bloggers like Kevin Carey and me, a brave education reporter named John Krupa from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest takes on the notion that, in this case at least, the Wall Street Journal's recent story on parents mov...

February 27, 2007

Girls Like Them

I'm just starting to sift through all the great work that's collected at Listen Up!, but this first video, "A Girl Like Me," already lets me know that there's lots of powerful stuff here. Broadcast on NPR in the fall, A Girl Like Me (2nd from the top) shows young African American girls talking ab...

February 26, 2007

Morning Round-Up (February 26)

Virginia Backs Down in Testing Showdown Learning The Language Charles Pyle, the director of communications for the Virginia Department of Education, told me that Virginia has decided to "move on" ... Teacher Sends Text Messages Meant For Drug Dealer To State Trooper Huffington Post A middle school...

February 23, 2007

The Monitor Vs. The Daily: Different Takes On Reading First

"In its most recent investigation into Reading First - the fifth of six planned reports questioning the program's management - the department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) also alleges that federal officials knowingly stacked panels at a series of training academies with members who favored tw...

February 23, 2007

What Is "Adequate"?

Last week, I was complaining (as usual), and the topic was the lack of "big" ideas in education, along the lines of a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing everyone an decent education (see here). This week, I read about a new book (School Money Trials) on how adequacy lawsuits based on state constitutions have fared. Check it out.

February 22, 2007

Questionable Journalism: The "Moving Across The Country" Anecdote

In case you hadn't seen it, this post from The Quick & The Ed (here)points out how the WSJ turns an education-related anecdote into a trend story -- and how quickly the anecdote gets picked up and used in the public debate as a truism. What isn't noted is that this isn't the first time that this re...

February 22, 2007

Different Takes On NAEP High School Reports

High School Students Taking Tougher Courses EdWeek The proportion of high school students completing a solid core curriculum has nearly doubled since 1990, and students are doing better in their classes than their predecessors did.But that good news is tempered by other findings in two federal r...

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