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June 21, 2010

What Are You Complaining About?

University of William and Mary Professor Paul Manna, guest blogging for Rick Hess, says he doesn't quite understand the concern that teachers haven't been included in Race to the Top process. They've had plenty of chances, he says. I have a feeling this isn't going to go over very well with some p...

June 17, 2010

Shouldn't Teachers' Opinions Matter?

Interesting point: On ASCD's edge blog, teacher Jason Flom notes that Steven Brill's much talked about, 8,000-word New York Times Magazine piece on Race to the Top and the current thrust of education reform did not quote a single teacher: It's outrageous! When an editor from one of the world's m...

June 16, 2010

Death by Reform?

In an op-ed published today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, James Sando, a teacher with more than 30 years of experience, argues that education policymakers these days seem to be fixated on reforms designed to hurt rather than help public education. UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: In his piece, Sando quotes appr...

June 07, 2010

Is Race to the Top Fair?

I've been having an ongoing conversation with a teacher friend about Race to the Top. Her take is that the competition for school reform "violates the idea of equality": Since not every state has applied for the money, not every state has access to the money. And, my teacher friend has noted, that e...

June 01, 2010

Debating Test-Based Evaluations

An education professor argues that efforts to tie teachers' professional status to student test scores could stifle good instruction. Is he right?

May 24, 2010

Monday Reading: The Unions and Race to the Top

The education-policy community is abuzz over an article by journalist Steven Brill that appeared in the New York Times Magazine yesterday (though it's been online for a few days). Titled "The Teachers' Unions' Last Stand," the piece looks at the powerful reform forces that have coalesced around the ...

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