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September 18, 2012

Chicago Teachers' Strike: Part II

David Brooks is, in my view, one of the most thoughtful and well-informed columnists writing today.  So I was delighted to see that he had written a piece on the Chicago teachers' strike.  Delighted, that is, until I saw what had written.In his column, Brooks makes a sharp distinction betw...

September 04, 2012

HOPE: 10 Ways to Develop Sustainable Leadership in Your School

Note: Alan Blankstein, president and founder of the HOPE Foundation, is back as a guest blogger to share some more of his work to transform public schools. Sustainable leadership is characterized by depth of learning and real achievement rather than superficially tested performance; length of impa...

August 31, 2012

Long-Term ELLs Poised for More Attention in California

Under legislation awaiting action from Gov. Jerry Brown, the state education agency would have to break out data for English-learners who have not reached proficiency after six years in U.S. schools.

August 23, 2012

When Mama Ain't Happy: Screening 'Won't Back Down'

Guest post by Ross Brenneman Hollywood's response rate to real events is quickening. Less than two years after the first invocation of a "parent trigger" law in Compton, Calif., comes the first film inspired by that movement. Currently in advance screenings, "Won't Back Down" chronicles the strugg...

August 16, 2012

Michigan Moves to Penalize Teacher-Preparation Programs

Michigan has used its teacher preparation accountability system to bar new enrollments at two teachers' colleges.

July 23, 2012

Parsing Performance Among Asian-Heritage Students

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for promising practices in disaggregating data for Asian-heritage students.

July 19, 2012

Politics or Policy?

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly joins principals across the country in calling on Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and, in doing so, support, strengthen and invest in great principals.

June 26, 2012

Yong Zhao: Focus on Entrepreneurial Skills, not Test Scores

In his keynote this morning at the ISTE conference, Zhao tied the U.S. economy's strength to its entrepreneurial and creative spirit, despite American test scores, which lag behind its Asian counterparts.

June 22, 2012

States Show Slow Progress With English-Learners

A long overdue report on progress of English learners was released by the U.S. Department of Education

June 19, 2012

AFT Launches Online Content Repository

The $10 million effort is the latest in a growing field of groups trying to organize online conent in better ways.

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