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October 31, 2007

Creepy Congressman Wants To Eliminate Digital Divide For All The Wrong Reasons

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October 16, 2007

Saving Money By Investing In High-Quality Teacher Retention

I'm moderating an event in Dirksen next Tuesday on the savings that come from investing in high-quality teacher retention programs. The New Teacher Center is releasing a cost-benefit study, and Senator Reed and other luminaries are going to be there. Retention programs (aka mentoring and coaching)...

October 11, 2007

House Republicans Blame Miller For Slow NCLB Progress

The folks from Cong. Boehner's office were kind enough to send me a copy of this Roll Call article ($) suggesting that little if anything is happening on the NCLB front, despite all efforts on their part. Boehner's specific objections include the loosened accountability provisions in the Miller-McKe...

October 09, 2007

Kennedy Playing Tough On NCLB

Wondering when Ted Kennedy (pictured, file photo) was going to get a word in on this whole NCLB mess? Well, today was the day -- but it wasn't warm and fuzzy like the White House or the NCLB supporters wanted. Said Kennedy (via a press release): “It’s regrettable that the Bush Administration...

October 09, 2007

Are They Water-Boarding Teenagers Yet?

Are they water-boarding teenagers yet? Probably not. But the House Dems are going to look into so-called "boot camps" for wayward teens tomorrow, and it's the closest thing to Abu Ghraib that we have going on in education these days. "The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a full commi...

October 09, 2007

On The HotSeat: Former Committee Insider Charles Barone

The last few weeks have been somewhat of a triumphant return for longtime Hill staffer Charles Barone (pictured), who started posting knowledgeable comments on various blogs in September and then wrote a fascinating backgrounder on NCLB last week. There'll be a parade next, I'm almost sure. In t...

October 01, 2007

Don't Dump Disaggregation, Says Former Dem Hill Staffer

"Disaggregation is the key to comparability," writes former Miller staffer Charlie Barone in a new analysis of NCLB then and now. "Comparability is the key to assessing equal opportunity. Equal opportunity is the key to closing achievement gaps."

September 24, 2007

Renaming NCLB

If anything is certain, it's that NCLB will get a new name when it's reauthorized points out this Washington Post article. It's been that way in the past, and will all but certainly happen again due to the law and President Bush's current unpopularity (Education Law Could Leave Behind Its Name). C...

September 18, 2007

Campaign Finance Done, School Reform Next

Having successfully fixed our nation's campaign finance system, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) is rolling up his sleeves to help fix NCLB. Thanks, Russ. I'm sure the committee staff appreciate your jumping in like this. Not that I was ever particularly nice to committee staff myself. Yes, of course...

September 17, 2007

The "Testing Hawks" Vs. Union "Special Interests"

Friday's National Journal story ("Schoolyard Quarrel" -- subscription required) is the first piece I've really paid attention to from reporter Lisa Caruso, who recently moved over from the lobbyist beat to help cover education. She gives prominent placement to DFER -- the new kid on the block -- an...

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