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February 12, 2012

Jack Hassard Reports: Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Cobb County, Georgia's second largest school district, decided not to consider the superintendent's request to hire 50 Teach for America (TFA) uncertified college graduates to work in under-performing schools in South Cobb. According to an editorial in the Marietta Dail...

February 03, 2012

Katie Osgood: The Reform My Students Need

Guest post by Katie Osgood. I have a pretty unique job. I work as a teacher on a child/adolescent inpatient unit at a psychiatric hospital in Chicago. My students come from all over Chicagoland and attend all types of schools: neighborhood, charter, turnaround, private, suburban, alternative, an...

February 01, 2012

John Kuhn: America, Stop Making Excuses for Inequality

Guest post by John Kuhn. Part Two of two. I ended the last posting with a list of possible causes of the superior academic results seen in Highland Park ISD as compared to Everman ISD. In this posting, I want to talk at length about causality, because it is at the core. The battle line over cau...

January 30, 2012

John Kuhn on Education Funding in Texas: There is a Hole in the Bucket

Part 1 of 2 Guest post by John Kuhn. "There's a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza." At the root of the school reform debate as I see it is a fundamental disagreement about causality. No one disagrees that by any number of measures (PISA scores, graduation rates, etc.) the academic outcome...

January 25, 2012

Teachers Offer the Wealthy an Escape from Poverty

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Last night in President Obama's State of the Union address, he repeated a familiar refrain about the importance of teachers. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. But it seems that it is those in pow...

January 10, 2012

John Thompson: No Excuses Reformers Find Plenty of Them for NCLB 

Guest post by John Thompson. On the 10th anniversary of "the lost decade," produced by No Child Left Behind, we will read plenty of explanations of why the law did little good, and often did great harm to poor children of color. Ironically, the rationale for NCLB was that educators had long used po...

January 09, 2012

Philip Kovacs: Research Suggests Teach For America Does Not Belong in Huntsville

Guest post by Philip Kovacs. Two months ago Anthony Cody graciously allowed me to publish the results of my investigations into Teach for America's "research." You can read those pieces here and here. I would like to offer some closure to my investigation by providing interested parties with a br...

December 31, 2011

Belling the Cats of Corporate Education Reform in 2011

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This year, the gloves came off, as teachers faced unprecedented attacks on our right to collective bargaining, as well as continued attempts to tie our pay and job security to test scores. Some of these attacks were blatant, as in Wisconsin, but most were veiled...

December 21, 2011

One Year Ago Congress Defined Untrained Novices "Highly Qualified Teachers"

Guest post by Tara Kini, Public Advocates Inc. Today marks the first anniversary of one of the most far-reaching legislative actions in education in recent memory. It was highly controversial and addressed a subject at the forefront of the ongoing debate about educational equity. But if you are lik...

December 16, 2011

Duncan's Dilemma: What will be Done to States without NCLB Waivers?

As No Child Left Behind becomes an ever bigger disaster, Secretary Duncan faces a major dilemma. How can he continue to enforce this law he has declared a train wreck? Last spring, in an attempt to goad Congress into accepting his formula for revising No Child Left Behind, Education Secretary Arne...

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