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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.

March 19, 2012

Ed. Department Solicits Ideas for District Race to Top Competition

The $550 million competition will allow direct federal support to districts working to improve their academic performance.

March 08, 2012

Increased Accountability for Colo. Online Schools?

Lawmakers in Colorado are looking into strengthening accountability measures for online schools.

March 07, 2012

On Open-Source Instructional Materials

Marc Tucker discusses the recent GE Foundation grant to Student Achievement Partners to help implement the common core state standards and the feasibility of open-sourcing.

March 01, 2012

This Absurd Takeover of Our Public Life

I've been so used to trying to persuade powerful people that we can't base good schooling on simple tools of "measurement" that I forgot that truly they don't care.

February 16, 2012

I May be Wrong ... But I Doubt It*

When will we stop worrying about our own organizational fiscal et al condition for a few days and call for united action?

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