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June 06, 2013

(Extra)Ordinary People

Democracy rests on having respect for the judgment of ordinary people. And in the final chapter of the 10-part video series about the Mission Hill School in Boston, we're reminded that when you have faith in the capacity of ordinary people, they become capable of extraordinary things.

May 26, 2013

Women Lead!

We have much farther to go before issues of equality for women and minorities can be laid to rest in this country.

May 23, 2013

Governing American Education: The Challenge

Marc Tucker argues that the country is very unlikely to match the performance of the top-performing countries without major changes to its system of education governance.

May 10, 2013

John Thompson: An Improbable Tale of Successful Reform

Kirp then dissects the dramatic turnaround of the entire school system of Union City, New Jersey, and he shows how we can build great schools on the strengths of our democratic culture. Its answer did not come from technocrats from the outside, but from a local culture of "abrazos" or caring. Rather than firing our way to the top, Kirp shows that school improvement must come from trusting relationships. The secret sauce of Union City's success is "respeto," or respect.

May 05, 2013

Can We Solve All the Problems...Or Even One?

The focus on tests, accountability, and evaluations is consuming, but we cannot lose sight of the big picture. No single measure will be the solution to a problem. We need ideas and partners.

May 04, 2013

Rebirth: New Orleans -- Documentary Poses a Moral Dilemma

this highlights for me, the moral dimension that Merrow ignores, when, at the end of the film, he proclaims this experiment a success. How can we accept that a third of the schools in New Orleans have been consigned to the status of dumping grounds for the other two thirds? How can we celebrate the creation of a system that allows schools to wall themselves off from students who are the most damaged by poverty and violence - and relegates those students to schools that cannot possibly succeed in this competitive scheme?

April 25, 2013

Fixing the 'Opportunity Gap' to Close the Achievement Gap

A group of 20 education scholars release a new book and launch a national campaign to get policymakers to focus on leveling the playing field for poor and minority students.

April 18, 2013

MOOCs: More Social Mobility or Less?

Marc Tucker takes a look at the rise of MOOCs from the perspective of social mobility.

April 15, 2013

Feds Can Do More to Promote Funding Equity, Report Urges

A new set of "action steps" from a leading civil rights organization says that the federal government can, and should, do more to ensure that school funding is equitable.

April 12, 2013

TFA Faces a California Showdown Over Qualifications to Teach English Learners

Teach For America faces a showdown in California, as this state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) considers new restrictions that could limit the placement of TFA's corps members in places with English learners. Since California has a large immigrant population, with 1.4 million English learners, this will be a significant barrier. The CTC, now chaired by Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond, will vote on a proposal on April 18th

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