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July 29, 2014

Five Years of Race to the Top: Where Are We?

The heavy lift is in the hands of the districts and that, ironically is the good news. Each district, with its own community, its own culture, its own strengths and challenges, still has some local control. How RTTP is implemented locally depends upon local leadership.

July 17, 2014

When There's No Right Answer: Cheating Scandals in Public Schools

I couldn't help but feel some sympathy for the teachers and principal who participated in this cheating scandal, despite its inherent dishonesty. The students in this middle school were learning, as one of the teachers interviewed in the article points out; however, they simply came in without requisite skills to meet certain scores on these tests. By changing the kids' answers to boost scores, the school was able receive extra funds and grants to provide students with a variety of clubs, trips, enrichment opportunities, and most importantly, avoid closure.

May 07, 2013

Can Michael Fullan Save California From NCLB?

After a decade or more of NCLB, some schools in California are hoping Michael Fullan can help them find the right drivers.

April 30, 2013

Early-Childhood Education: Policy, Research, and Funding, or Fad?

Educational data and neuroscience both agree that the early years have significant influence on later school and life success. What are we waiting for?

April 18, 2013

Hawaii Teachers Approve Contract Tying Evaluations to Pay

A long-awaited and much delayed teacher contract was overwhelmingly approved by Hawaii's teachers.

April 02, 2013

What Reading First Should Have Taught Us

Reading First was a competitive grant that was supposed to close the achievement gap but it was only a precursor for what was yet to come.

March 10, 2013

Equitable Funding; The Money Doesn't Add Up

ut at a faster rate. Funding is being cut for all school district across the country but for some schools in New York State, funding is being c

January 24, 2013

Herculean Challenges for Leaders

If we have not spent time knowing and becoming ourselves along the way, we might be found figuring it out while we are tossed about in public.

December 05, 2012

Four Strategies in Four Years that Will Transform a Community Forever

Annually, for more than 45 years, the city of Reynoldsburg, Ohio has celebrated the Tomato Festival-- a nod to its heritage as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. This middle-America town also boasts one other claim to fame: A so-called "traditional" LEA, namely Reynoldsburg City Schools (RCS), which is poised to be a breakout star among serious implementers of thoroughly re-engineered conceptions of learning and schooling.

October 18, 2012

Racing to the Top in Delaware

The Rodel Foundation hosted the fifth Vision 2015 Conference. The First State scored first in the Race to the Top (RTTT) grant competition largely because of the vision, organizing, and grantmaking of the Rodel Foundation and its Executive Director Paul Herdman.

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