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December 13, 2012

Rich State, Poor State: The Accountability and Capacity Gap in Arizona's Public School Policies

Arizona Education Coalition Liaison JoAnne Hilde claims that Arizona is a state with public schools rich in accountability and dirt poor in capacity, with policymakers driven by the former and seemingly oblivious to the latter.

December 11, 2012

Lessons Gleaned From the Louisiana School Voucher Ruling

NSBA President C. Ed Massey celebrates a recent court ruling that using public tax dollars for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.

November 28, 2012

States' Inability to Share Data Seen as Creating Knowledge Gaps

Data on graduation rates, postsecondary success, and the efficacy of teacher preparation programs are three important areas affected by the lack of collaboration.

October 22, 2012

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing

I took the time to read many of the letters that were written by teachers and parents to President Obama through a campaign organized by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody. While I was not thrilled with the timing of this campaign, I could not ignore the pain expressed by too many teachers and parents, ...

October 01, 2012

Oregon Ed. Official: Results for English-Learners 'Unacceptable'

Dissatisfied with the achievement levels for English-learners, state education leaders highlight plans to improve instructional programs for the state's roughly 60,000 such students.

September 27, 2012

What Bothers Me, Pedro ...

I rarely, Pedro, hear people blaming the medical profession for not coming up with a solution to America's poor health system; or the law profession for not being sure that every American who comes before a judge or jury is well-defended by a "great" attorney.

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...

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