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January 26, 2012

ALEC Reports on the War on Teachers

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As state after state rewrites their education laws in line with the mandates from Race to the Top and the NCLB waiver process, the teaching profession is being redefined. Teachers will now pay the price - be declared successes or failures, depending on the rise ...

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 15, 2012

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain

Guest post by Jack Hassard. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests. To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange ...

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 20, 2011

Philip Kovacs: Teach For America Research Fails the Test

In Huntsville, Alabama, the school board has decided to spend $1.7 million to bring Teach For America interns to district classrooms. This has prompted an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, to raise some critical questions. This is the third post in this series. Guest po...

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...

December 06, 2011

John Thompson: The Center for American Progress Pushes the Good, Bad and Ugly in Teacher Evaluation: Part 2

This week my guest blogger, John Thompson, is exploring the stance taken by The Center for American Progress on the issue of teacher evaluation. Guest post by John Thompson. The Center For American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, has largely bought the educational agenda of "the billionaire...

December 05, 2011

John Thompson: The Center for American Progress Pushes the Good, Bad and Ugly in Teacher Evaluation: Part 1

Guest post by John Thompson. Part One of Two. The Center For American Progress (CAP) is a progressive think tank founded by former Clinton staffer John Podesta. The CAP believes, "progressives are idealistic enough to believe change is possible and practical enough to make it happen." It thus col...

December 01, 2011

Turmoil Seems to be Chief Product of Education "Reform"

When something keeps on appearing as a byproduct of an activity, eventually you might begin to wonder if perhaps the byproduct is actually the objective. The one result that education reform efforts seem to have in common is turmoil in our schools, especially those where there is high poverty. Let...

November 29, 2011

Interview with Diane Ravitch: California's Rejection of NCLB Waivers Sends a Message

California, with more public school students than any other state, has surprised many by declining to apply for waivers to No Child Left Behind. The implications of this decision are far-reaching, and so in the coming weeks I am going to be asking a variety of educational leaders for their thoughts...

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