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July 02, 2014

Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students"

If there is one thing Bill Gates has been a fan of, it is the role of technology in improving education. But recent comments show he may be starting to see that even technology may not be all powerful. And this leads to some deeper questions about the viability of the entire education reform project.

June 30, 2014

Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design?

If the pass rates on Common Core tests and the new Common Core-aligned GED plummet, it is because they were designed to do so. If there is an outcome that has been engineered, there must be a reason that outcome is desirable.

June 29, 2014

Protesters to Gates Foundation: "Divest from Corporate Education Reform"

Bill Gates has it exactly upside down. The innovators are the classroom teachers. The innovators are the students. The innovators are the people working in the schools creating new things every day.

June 19, 2014

Advocacy Group Calls for Cutting Federal Aid to College 'Dropout Factories'

A new report from the Education Trust calls for more accountability for colleges that graduate less than 15 percent of students in six years and have a large share of students who are unable to repay their loans after leaving school.

June 12, 2014

Judges Say Kan. Legislators Met K-12 Equity Order; Adequacy Question Open

A panel of judges in Kansas has ruled that state lawmakers satisfied an order from the state Supreme Court to make its K-12 finance system more equitable

June 10, 2014

Digital Education Needs More Accountability, Researchers Say

Companies that provide digital education for K-12 schools should undergo the same accountability as educators and administrators, say the authors of a new book.

June 09, 2014

Paul Thomas: The Problem Isn't Just Common Core, but the Entire Reform Agenda

A call for national standards is a political veneer, a tragic waste of time and energy that would be better spent addressing real needs in the lives of children

June 07, 2014

Can California Offer a New Model for Accountability? Or Are We Still Chasing Test Scores?

We who are opposed to "high stakes tests" are opposed not only to the most vicious uses of those tests, to close schools and fire teachers. We are opposed to the practice of making standardized tests central to the educational process in our schools.

June 06, 2014

American Schools - Back to 'Separate But Equal'?

Marc Tucker explains how housing segregation leads to school segregation and calls for reforming our school finance system.

June 03, 2014

Is Direct Instruction a School-Equity Issue?

An education professor writes that direct instruction presents a quandary for educators. On the one hand, he says, it can to help students' acquire basic skills and do better on standardized tests. On the other, it embodies a highly restrictive view of learning.

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