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January 25, 2012

Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Poverty

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Last night in President Obama's State of the Union address, he repeated a familiar refrain about the importance of teachers. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. But it seems that it is those in pow...

January 21, 2012

A Chance to Choose a New Direction for Education in California

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Last night I had the honor of speaking to an audience of several thousand teachers from the greater Sacramento area, at an event that featured State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, California Teachers Association vice president Eric Heins, Linda Darling Hammond a...

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 11, 2012

Kelly Flynn: Teachers Hold the Key. They Always Have.

Guest post by Kelly Flynn. I'm intrigued by the topic of Anthony Cody's two recent blog entries, "Are Critics of Corporate Education 'Reform' Winning the Online Debate?" and "Lopsided Debate Over Education Reform Reveals a Broken System." We may be winning the online battle, but so far, we're l...

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...

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...

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 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...

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