August 2015 Archives

Some schools are feeling more reformy disruption than others. What makes the difference? Not state or federal policy. Not the Big Standardized Test. Not even the wise arguments of thinky tanks and bloggers. Administration.

August is apparently our month to contemplate a teacher shortage. Or reports of a teacher shortage. Or a completely fabricated teacher shortage. What nobody seems to be able to answer is why, exactly, we're having this conversation? What is causing the shortage-- or at least the repeated reporting of one. What is the actual problem?

Merit pay, Robert Putnam, and how to evaluate your evaluation.

With the release of the latest bundle of number crunching, Doug Harris and the Education Research Alliance have once again launched the Debate of the Decade-- is the New Orleans privatization experiment a success or a failure?


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