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December 16, 2011

Open Letter to Jon Stewart: Please Interview Your Mother

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Dear Jon Stewart, Your show Wednesday night with White House domestic affairs chief Melody Barnes was remarkable, in that you showed a far greater depth of understanding of education issues than did your guest. When you asked Ms. Barnes what work she felt pro...

December 16, 2011

Duncan's Dilemma: What will be Done to States without NCLB Waivers?

As No Child Left Behind becomes an ever bigger disaster, Secretary Duncan faces a major dilemma. How can he continue to enforce this law he has declared a train wreck? Last spring, in an attempt to goad Congress into accepting his formula for revising No Child Left Behind, Education Secretary Arne...

December 13, 2011

Teacher Power: The One Percent Solution

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Numbering more than four million, teachers represent better than one percent of the population of the United States. Given the fact that only about half the people in our nation actually vote, teachers are potentially even more than one percent of the electorat...

December 11, 2011

Philip Kovacs: Huntsville Takes a Closer Look at Teach For America's "Research"

Several weeks ago I posted a firsthand report from University of Alabama, Huntsville assistant professor Philip Kovacs, regarding his efforts to get the Hunstville school board to re-examine its decision to spend $1.7 million on bringing Teach For America interns to the public schools there. Huntsvi...

December 08, 2011

When a School Board Member Takes a Test, the World Listens

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Three days ago, Valerie Strauss' Answer Sheet blog in the Washington Post published the hardest-hitting critique of testing of the year. Before discussing that, I want to take a moment to recognize her work. Ms. Strauss is the ONLY blogger in the mainstream medi...

December 01, 2011

Turmoil Seems to be Chief Product of Education "Reform"

When something keeps on appearing as a byproduct of an activity, eventually you might begin to wonder if perhaps the byproduct is actually the objective. The one result that education reform efforts seem to have in common is turmoil in our schools, especially those where there is high poverty. Let...

November 29, 2011

Interview with Diane Ravitch: California's Rejection of NCLB Waivers Sends a Message

California, with more public school students than any other state, has surprised many by declining to apply for waivers to No Child Left Behind. The implications of this decision are far-reaching, and so in the coming weeks I am going to be asking a variety of educational leaders for their thoughts...

November 20, 2011

LA Times backs California's NCLB Defiance

Follow me on Twitter: @anthonycody Today the Los Angeles Times, the largest circulation newspaper in the largest metropolis in the most populous state in the nation, came out in support of the decision by Governor Jerry Brown and Superintendent Tom Torlakson to ignore the Department of Education's ...

November 19, 2011

Philip Kovacs Takes on TFA in Huntsville

In the past few weeks, Philip Kovacs has taken a public stance in Huntsville, Alabama, raising questions about the school district's decision to invest significant resources in bringing Teach For America interns to that city. This is a guest post by him, describing his concerns. Guest post by Phili...

November 15, 2011

With Whom do We Stand? A Counterpoint for Education Reform

Guest post by Steve Silvius and Stephen Danley. Consider us optimists, but we think the high-stakes test movement has reached its apex and started its decline. It won't happen quickly given the powerful political forces aligned to promote the testing regime, but the test obsessed "accountability" p...

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