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January 26, 2007

Canned Quotes (& Questionable "Experts") In The NYT

When I first read those quotes from Mike Petrilli at the end of Thursday's NYT, I wondered why he wasn't talking about national standards. Then I found out that they weren't the fresh, live quotes, they seemed to be (Mike told me). Instead, they're taken straight from Petrilli's essay on the Bush N...

January 23, 2007

Public Agenda (Re)Starts Its Education Blog

Public Agenda has often done fascinating work on education issues -- telling us what folks really think, whether we want to hear it or not. To make education engagement a more regular thing, they're going to re-start their education blog, called Reality CheckED. It (re)lanches tomorrow (the old one...

January 22, 2007

New Documentary: "Whatever It Takes"

There's an interesting new documentary about school reform on its way, this one (called "Whatever It Takes") about a small school and a new principal in the South Bronx. Shot during 05-06, it's a labor of love that's still in post-production, but it's already won some small awards and there's a nic...

January 19, 2007

Assignment Changes At The Washington Post

Mediabistro reports that the Washington Post is moving Valerie Strauss up to higher ed where she'll join up with Susan Kinzie. To fill in where Strauss had been, the paper is also moving Amit Paley (pictured) to cover K12 with Jay Mathews. Congrats and condolences to all involved (and their sour...

January 16, 2007

Jerry Bracey On The Huffington Post

If you have any doubts about where the Huffington Post (a group blog run by Arianna Huffington) sits on the political spectrum, the recent arrival of Gerry Bracey on the scene should give you a good sense of things. Bracey writes the annual Rotten Apples report on the worst people in education (bio ...

January 11, 2007

Mathews Begs For Assistance

The Washington Post's education columnist Jay Mathews is at it again - soliciting reader input for his columns. If fact he is begging readers to help him identify the best middle schools in the DC-VA-MD area and any middle schools across the country that have "spectacular results or very unusual met...

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