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Thompson: Reckhow's and Tompkins-Stange's Analysis of Edu-Philanthropic Convergence

Sarah Reckhow’s and Megan Tompkins-Stange’s 'Singing from the Same Hymnbook': Education Policy Advocacy at Gates and Broad begins in the glory days of test-driven, market driven reform, from 2008 to 2010, when the Broad Foundation proclaimed, “We feel the stars have finally aligned. Show More Summary

Journalism: Another Erroneous "Deck" Distracts From Underlying Story

Kudos to BuzzFeed's Molly Hensley-Clancy for digging out an angry letter from Chicago School Board appointee Deborah Quazzo and getting a follow-up interview with her about the dispute over Quazzo's investments in education companies while serving as a Board member. Show More Summary

AM News: Chicago School Board Appointee Defends GSV Education Investments

"Enough Is Enough": Education Investor Denounces Meddling Journalists BuzzFeed: In an email yesterday, a prominent education technology investor encouraged industry supporters to fight back against a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that was critical of her role as a member of the Chicago school board. Show More Summary

Research: Self-Reported US Figures Overestimate Classroom Teaching Time

"Year after year, the organization has found that American high school teachers spend about 73 percent more time on classroom instruction than colleagues in countries such as Finland and Israel," notes Alexandria Neason in Slate (Teaching time). Show More Summary

Charts: Reconsidering NCLB's Bad Rap

These pretty charts from Third Way (Did No Child Left Behind Work) will change no one's mind, if we've learned anything about minds being changed, but I will share them anyway (with permission), and recommend you read their writeup of the reality behind NCLB's bad rap.

Thompson: The Unsurprising Limits of School Choice in New Orleans & Elsewhere

Douglas Harris and Matthew Larson, in What Schools Do Families Want (and Why?) begin their paper, the first in a series of studies on the New Orleans experiment in choice, by explaining that it could be “the rare policy that increases both average student outcomes and the equity of outcomes at the same time, a win-win situation. Show More Summary

Campaign 2016: Bush Stretched FLA Hispanic Student Accomplishments, Reports PBS

The PBS NewsHour (online) notes that Jeb Bush's comments at the Detroit Economic Club last week included a claim that Florida Hispanic students were “two grade levels ahead of the average” that was "a stretch: "In 2009 and 2013, Hispanic fourth-graders in Florida did have the higher average reading scores than Hispanics in any other state. Show More Summary

Moerning Video: Language Immersion Programs

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Learn more about native language programs from this NBC News segment (above or click here ). Or, watch and learn about dual immersion programs from the NY local NBC affiliate (via WNYC) here.

AM News: Broad Foundation Suspends Signature Award Program

Broad Foundation suspends $1-million prize for urban school districts LA Times: The action underscores the changing education landscape as well the evolving thinking and impatience of the 81-year-old philanthropist. See also NYT: Billionaire Suspends Prize Given to Schools. Show More Summary

Quotes: "Fix The System Rather Than Applying A Patch"

[TFA] was always going to have a half-life...It did wonderful things and attracted superb people to teaching and prepared a generation of leaders for the country... Eventually, we’re going to get to the point of trying to fix the system rather than applying a patch. -- Woodrow Wilson Institute's Arthur Levine in the NYT (Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America) via GT

Corrections: NYT Front-Pager Mis-Identifies Ed Trust President

Gender is just a construct and the error has long since been corrected online, but last week's front-page story about TFA (Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America) apparently included a mis-identification of the Education Trust's Kati Haycock as male. Anything else wrong or missing from the piece? Let us know. NYT corrections are always so deliciously awkward.

AM News: Testing Critics Flood Congressional Inboxes, Annoy Staffers

Anti-Testing Advocates Flood Congressional Staff Inboxes PK12: Did it work? Actually, it seemed to have made at least one aide pretty cranky. If you think a flood of 800-plus emails are enough to stop a government-supplied Blackberry in its tracks, you're right. Show More Summary

Thompson: OK's Grassroots Revolt Against Testing Continues to Grow

Last week brought more evidence that the voices of students, parents, and teachers are being heard, in many or most places, and we are all fed up with bubble-in accountability. The Daily Oklahoman’s Tim Willert, in Oklahoma City School...Show More Summary

Timeline: Ten Years Helping Districts Revamp Their Spending

Mostly behind the scenes, ERS (Education Resource Strategies) has spent the past 10 years helping districts understand and revamp their spending priorities (usually focused on student-based budgeting). Click here for the interactive timeline of ERS activities. Show More Summary

Morning Video: What You Missed At Yesterday's Edu-Philanthropy Event

Here's the video from yesterday's AEI event on education philanthropy, plus a link to the draft papers being prepared for an updated version of AEI's 2005 volume, "With the Best of Intentions.": I'll write separately about the chapter...Show More Summary

Update: "Humans Of New York" Comes To The White House

Post by Humans of New York. I guessed this was coming and am so glad it happened. That's President Obama with the Bronx middle school student and principal who have been part of this amazing viral good-news story about strangers giving over $1 million to a poor school to help pay for class trips to Harvard.

AM News: Schools, Parents Track Measles Outbreaks & Vaccination Levels

Five children at Chicago-area day care diagnosed with measles WBEZ: Public health officials say students, staff and faculty at the facility have been notified and anyone who hasn't been vaccinated for measles has been instructed to stay away from unvaccinated individuals for the next three weeks. Show More Summary

Events: Today's Education Philanthropy Event At AEI

Panel 3 for #NewEdPhil! @DanaGoldstein speaking 1st on MET Project. @AndrewPKelly @alexanderrusso J. Blew to follow. pic.twitter.com/KjGUNWLjNN — AEI Education (@AEIeducation) February 5, 2015 In case you hadn't figured it out by now, I've been at AEI all day today talking about the "new" education philanthropy. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday (#TBT): Anya Kamenetz, Circa 2006

One of the nice things about having been writing about education so long is that I now get to participate in #TBT (Throwback Thursday), through which the Internet celebrates (or laments) the past. This week's entry is a 2006 blog post...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Early Childhood College Applications (While AEI Livestream Is Down)

The AEI Education event #NewEdPhil livestream is down, and you can find the House Dems' NCLB forum on your own. Here's yesterday's NYT early college awareness video, plus more here.

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