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February 17, 2015

Unions Need A Periscope To See Dangers over the Horizon

The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!

February 13, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Resigns, Leaving His K-12 Blueprint Stranded

Kitzhaber had laid out ambitious early-literacy policy proposals after his 2014 re-election, and had also ordered a review of common-core-aligned tests in schools.

February 13, 2015

Before Common Core: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show His Thinking on Standards

"If they are weak, let us strengthen them," the then-Florida governor wrote in an email from 10 years ago after a negative report about the state's content standards.

February 12, 2015

Oklahoma Won't Double-Test Advanced Math Students

This spring, Oklahoma middle school students who are taking advanced mathematics courses—i.e., Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry—will no longer be required to also take their grade-level math tests.

February 12, 2015

Can We Do School Improvement Without Tests?

Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.

February 12, 2015

Integrity Lessons From News Anchor Brian Williams' Fall From Grace

Conscience is one of our most valued attributes. All this attention to what appears to be Mr. Williams' hyperbole calls our thinking to this business of accountability in education.

February 11, 2015

House Education Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite on Party-Line Vote

A Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which would significantly curtail the federal footprint in K-12, will be considered by the full House the week of Feb. 24.

February 11, 2015

Survey: Practices Vary at Schools That Must Report on Students With Disabilities

A federally-funded survey found that schools were more likely to adopt certain educational practices and move students to regular classrooms if they were required to report on the performance of students with disabilities.

February 10, 2015

Can We Bring the Charter School Movement Under One Umbrella?

I'd love to figure out a way we could join together to create a charter movement that brings us together under one umbrella to fight for better charter or pilot legislation that will preserve the best of 'public-ness' and the best of 'private-ness.'

February 05, 2015

Fixing NCLB: The Right Federal Role With Improved Accountability

How a new architecture for accountability would reset the state/federal balance, improve outcomes for all students, including the most disadvantaged, and avoid the unintended consequences of NCLB.

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