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January 08, 2014

No Child Left Behind Turns 12 Today. Now What?

The law hits its dozen year mark during the school year in which it specifies, that technically, all children are supposed to be proficient in reading and math.

July 29, 2013

Computer Science Gets Plug in House Bill to Revise ESEA

Computer science spurred a rare display of bipartisanship during the recent House debate to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

April 16, 2013

Arne Duncan Urges Business Leaders to Defend Common Core

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged those at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event to step up advocacy of the Common Core State Standards.

March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

March 01, 2013

Where We Disagree: Let's Discuss

How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.

February 26, 2013

Is It 2007 Yet?

Our achievement goals should be a national decision, not an individual state decision.

January 30, 2013

Wyoming K-12 Chief Stripped of Powers, Files Lawsuit

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed legislation stripping Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of her K-12 authority. Hill has sued to overturn the law.

November 13, 2012

Time to Put Forward a New Reform Agenda

I don't think we need to produce a manifesto for change, but we do need to begin to outline some key steps that could be taken to move public education in a different direction.

November 08, 2012

What Next for K-12 Schools Post-Election?

When disaster strikes (like Sandy) we don't expect the police to volunteer their time, nor the firemen, nor doctors and nurses—although no doubt many do go above and beyond their obligations. But we do expect teachers to make up for the impact of poverty and austerity politics on schoolchildren.

November 01, 2012

Trust and Its Misuses

I am very concerned by the privatization tendency in all areas of life, and my colleagues at the International Education meeting in Brussels were worrying along the same lines. With austerity driving ever-increasing chasms between the rich and everyone else, I don't see what will stop it.

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