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January 17, 2012

Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Patrick Ledesma offers an interesting window into the world of "teacher leaders" in his post this week. I share some history with Patrick. He and I met about eight years ago when we were both members of Apple's Digital Edge project. More recently, we were both a...

January 15, 2012

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain

Guest post by Jack Hassard. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests. To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange ...

January 10, 2012

John Thompson: No Excuses Reformers Find Plenty of Them for NCLB 

Guest post by John Thompson. On the 10th anniversary of "the lost decade," produced by No Child Left Behind, we will read plenty of explanations of why the law did little good, and often did great harm to poor children of color. Ironically, the rationale for NCLB was that educators had long used po...

January 05, 2012

NEA Stance on Teach For America Continues to Raise Questions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The decision by Dennis Van Roekel to co-author a column with Teach For America director Wendy Kopp continues to generate negative reaction among educators, the latest being the decision by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and her son Matt Damon to reject the union's Friend ...

December 31, 2011

Belling the Cats of Corporate Education Reform in 2011

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This year, the gloves came off, as teachers faced unprecedented attacks on our right to collective bargaining, as well as continued attempts to tie our pay and job security to test scores. Some of these attacks were blatant, as in Wisconsin, but most were veiled...

December 30, 2011

My Favorite Genuine Education Reform Stories of 2011

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody A couple of weeks ago I posted a look back at 2011, with a list of all 170 of my posts to this blog. I am afraid I have spent a great deal of energy taking issue with what I see as very bad ideas being promoted in the name of reform. But I also have spent some t...

December 29, 2011

Lopsided Debate Over Education Reform Reveals a Broken System

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Alexander Russo has done an excellent job stirring the pot with his column yesterday asserting that "reform critics" like myself are "winning" the online debate. As I tried to point out yesterday, the online debate is rather meaningless if the real decisions a...

December 28, 2011

Are Critics of Corporate Education "Reform" Winning the Online Debate?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Alexander Russo posted a rather provocative item today, asserting that in the online world, critics of "education reform" like myself, Ken Bernstein, Nancy Flanagan, Leonie Haimson, Caroline Grannan and John Thompson, have become dominant. (See Nancy's response ...

December 23, 2011

NEA President Sends Mixed Messages about Teacher Preparation

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody I just don't get it. A few short weeks ago, the National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel released a "Three Point Plan for True Education Reform." The first point of this plan is "raising the bar for entry" into the teaching profession. THE F...

December 21, 2011

One Year Ago Congress Defined Untrained Novices "Highly Qualified Teachers"

Guest post by Tara Kini, Public Advocates Inc. Today marks the first anniversary of one of the most far-reaching legislative actions in education in recent memory. It was highly controversial and addressed a subject at the forefront of the ongoing debate about educational equity. But if you are lik...

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