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May 17, 2016

Beware of Teacher Education Rankings

After I shared some critical observations about the data collection and analysis techniques employed by the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently, I got a surprise in my inbox: a response from someone at NCTQ. Here's my response.

May 02, 2016

We Owe It to Ourselves to Fix Funding for Public Education

I know I may be preaching to the choir here, but our collective failure to secure better funding for education is a national embarrassment. Until we get serious about overhauling how we pay for education we're going to have a hard time solving all the other problems on our plate.

April 13, 2016

How the Rhetoric of Failure Props Up Education Reform

The students I teach who want to become teachers know all too well that testing has taken over, that the work of teachers is increasingly micromanaged by people who often don't really know how to do it, and that teachers don't get even half the respect they deserve. And, yet, everything is their fault. What if we changed our frame of reference on that?

March 22, 2016

We Have to Find a More Progressive Way to Fund Education

I need to do a little venting about deregulation and taxes. It all started when the bus pulled up to take my daughter to school.

March 16, 2016

Education Is Not Absent From the 2016 Presidential Race

There's been some complaining lately that the presidential candidates don't have anything to say about education policy. Not so fast, I say.

February 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Test Scores

One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.

February 19, 2016

Education's Nixon: The Success Academy Debacle

A lot has been said about the video that surfaced recently of the charter school teacher belittling her student for not doing what was on her paper. That teacher's boss, Eva Moskowitz, may have more in common with Richard Nixon, of all people, than you'd think.

February 05, 2016

Sanders, Clinton, Detroit, and the $675,000 Speech Problem

What do Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Goldman Sachs, and Detroit's crumbling public schools have in common? You might be surprised to find out.

January 12, 2016

Common-Core Voter's Guide: Democratic Edition

Last week I offered a few thoughts on how the Republican candidates for president feel about the common core. This week it's the Democrats' turn to go under the microscope.

January 08, 2016

The Common-Core Voter's Guide to Choosing a Presidential Candidate: Republican Edition

Most people aren't one-issue voters, but if you care about education it might help to know where the major presidential candidates stand on the issue. Here's a guide for the voter interested in the common core. The Republicans are up first.

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