In an op-ed published in the Washington Post this morningand addressed to the nation's governors, who are gathering in D.C. this week for their annual meetingBill Gates points to the impact that excellent teachers have on student achievement and argues that tight education budgets would ...
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February 28, 2011
February 24, 2011
With plans for massive teacher layoffs in New York looming, a recent Quinnipiac University poll reveals that 90 percent of public school parents in the state think performancenot seniorityshould be the basis for such firings, reports the Buffalo News. Eighty-five percent of all registere...
February 07, 2011
Alexander Russo over at This Week in Education writes that about five years into his ed reform coverage, he's had an epiphany: The major difference between "reformy types" and "career educators," he claims, is that the latter believe (not without reason) that reform could actually make things worse....
January 28, 2011
In a somewhat satirical post, ASCD blogger Steven Weber proposes the idea that school reforms have killed social studies. "At some point between the standards movement and high stakes testing, some school districts decided that social studies was an add-on, rather than essential to developing a wel...
January 27, 2011
In Tuesday's education-heavy state of the union address, President Obama gave repeated nods to teachers--and the critical role they'll play in rebuilding the U.S. economy.
January 14, 2011
Somewhat ironically, the success of Chinese students on recent international tests has been met with a mixture of embarrassment and soul-searching back home, according to a Los Angeles Times story.
January 13, 2011
This week Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report. The focus this year is on the "new economic reality" in education. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you should. And I'm not just saying that because it's an Education Week publication. Reading it this morning, I was stru...
January 04, 2011
Ariel Sacks, an English teacher in New York City, says that, despite what you might think, the time is ripe for teachers to be heard on education policy issues:
January 03, 2011
Several weeks ago, we reported on a wonkish panel discussion in D.C. in which Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in proping up the performance pay idea, lamented that school systems currently treat teachers like "interchangeble widgets."
January 03, 2011
In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlights several areas where Democrat and Republican lawmakers should be able to agree when it comes to revamping the No Child Left Behind Act.