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April 16, 2010

...And Now for ED

This morning, I hit on the week's first big win for the teachers unions: Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoing an important teacher pay bill. The week's second big win for the unions was our earnest Secretary of Education's craven decision to curry favor with Senator Tom Harkin and the "Deficits? I...

April 01, 2010

Some Unsolicited Advice for ED's Communication Gurus

I've been hard on Secretary Duncan and the administration, especially on the subject of Race to the Top (RTT). No two ways about it. This has prompted some in the administration to ask whether I'm just a reflexive contrarian. I don't intend to be. As I've said before, I like and respect many in...

March 29, 2010

Spin, Mr. Secretary, Spin!

Like the Energizer Bunny, our earnest Secretary of Education just keeps going. The Race to the Top (RTT) winners are slated to be announced this afternoon, and a rumor from a reliable source has it that there will be just three winners. That would be good news. Given his unfortunate penchant for ...

March 19, 2010

Ten Questions for the Secretary of Education: Redux

A year ago, I penned a piece asking then-new Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ten questions about the challenges of promoting the administration's reform agenda and spending stimulus dollars wisely. With more than $100 billion in stimulus funds and a slew of promises about transformative change a...

March 04, 2010

Edu-Reform Kim Kardashian Style

So, the announcement of the round one Race to the Top finalists is upon us. In the run-up, a pernicious parlor game in edu-policy circles has been "name the RTT finalists." It's played in D.C. and Denver, New Orleans and New York... really, anywhere you get more than two edu-wonks together. Thank...

February 19, 2010

Bait and Switch: Update

The relentless Robert Pondiscio of the Core Knowledge blog followed up on this morning's post regarding Department of Ed official Kevin Jennings' surprising declaration that the Department's view on Common Core standards is currently "focused on the academic standards" and is "starting" with math an...

February 19, 2010

Bait and Switch on Common Standards?

We've been told time and again that the current common standards push is guided by the mantra "fewer, clearer, and higher" standards. That's a good thing, since efforts to craft expansive standards tend to crumble under their own weight. Recall what happened to the national history standards panel ...

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