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August 17, 2011

Is Education a "Local Issue"?

There's no question that NCLB and RttT have marked an unprecedented level of federal involvement in education. In response to the sweeping and unproven reforms that these laws have brought to our nation's schools, there is an increasing call for the federal government to stay out of what has traditi...

June 03, 2011

Comments from Florida

In response to my recent request for comments on the state of education in Florida, a high school English teacher wrote to say: Things are bad in Florida for teachers and students. I only see them getting worse as time shows the stupidity of our politicians and their following the "suggestions" of...

April 12, 2011

You Can't Always Get What You Want

@eduleadership The project triangle, often posted in offices, sends a clear message to people who want it all: Pick two. In other words, you can't always get what you want—not all of it, at least. I'm reading a chapter from a rather strange 1977 book entitled The Politics of Expertise, whi...

March 08, 2011

Bill Gates: Impervious to Being Wrong

@eduleadership Guest post from Steve Peha Justin, There's an amazing piece of writing by Richard Rothstein that came out yesterday. It is a simple repudiation of comments made by Bill Gates in a recent WaPo op-ed. But this is not the usual "I'm right and you're wrong" thing. Gates made huge fact...

March 07, 2011

How Class Size Policy Plays Out in the Real World

@eduleadership Bill Gates recently gave a TED talk on state budgets, and touched on the impact they will have on class size. His remarks provided helpful context for his previous statements about increasing class size for great teachers, so they can have a positive impact on more students. As he e...

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