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May 17, 2012

Virtual Schools Need a Grounding in Reality

Though little research indicates that virtual schools are effective, state legislatures are approving these institutions (which typically operate with few accountability measures) at a remarkable rate. NSBA Executive Director Anne Bryant urges lawmakers to tread more cautiously in this arena.

May 11, 2012

Faulty Data Leads to Mix-Up in High School Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation's best high schools used faulty state and federal information in its calculations for at least one school, officials acknowledged.

May 08, 2012

Teacher Quality and Teacher Accountability

Marc Tucker argues for converting teaching from a blue collar occupation into a high status profession that offers profound satisfaction and reasonable compensation.

May 03, 2012

Ten Steps in the Right Direction: How Feds Can Strengthen Public Education

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech offers ten steps that the federal government can take to strengthen public education in the United States.

May 01, 2012

College Loan Interest Rates: The Real Issue

Marc Tucker calls for a serious change in the way we fund our higher education institutions.

April 24, 2012

Measuring What Counts

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly reminds us that while using data to inform decisions is important, not everything that matters can be reduced to a number.

April 16, 2012

Mitt Romney: Clueless on Education

As I forecasted in my 2012 predictions, Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination for president, and he is on a path to secure the necessary delegates in June. So now is a perfect time to examine his support for children, education, public schools, and teachers. Some may think using the term "c...

April 12, 2012

When Everything Is a 'Race'

Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.

April 10, 2012

We Could All Use a Lesson in Culture

Kansas LFA Chair Nancy Bolz notes that many schools with those demographics that "should" struggle beat the odds and are schools of excellence. She credits their attitude--their culture.

March 27, 2012

The Pattern on the Rug

See the pattern on the rug? It grows clearer every day. It is not about improving education. It is not about helping our society become more literate and better educated. Follow the money. We are indeed a nation at risk.

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