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AM News: NJ Gov. Christie Joins Brigade Of Common Core Position-Changers

Christie goes from Common Core supporter to critic, blames Obama Washington Post: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is no longer the only GOP presidential hopeful to undergo an election season conversion from Common Core booster to critic.New Jersey Gov. Show More Summary

Media: The Washington Post's Wacky Montgomery County Coverage

Friday was Josh Starr's last day as head of the Montgomery County public schools. He granted an interview to NPR -- but not to the Washington Post. This forced the Post to run a bloggy writeup of the NPR interview over the weekend. You...Show More Summary

Charts: An Education U-Turn For Third-Generation Latinos?

"After progress from first to second generation, there are retreats in outcomes, such as voter participation, school attendance, educational attainment, trust in institutions, trust and interchanges with neighbors, and disconnectedness from work and school." Urban Institute via Vox.

Morning Video: None Of The 10 Best Teachers In The World Is From Finland

Check out this video via Forbes' Jordan Shapiro, featuring the USA's own Stephen Ritz, who's apparently well known in the U.S.A for a TED Talk and classroom food production program in NYC.

AM News: Common Core Testing Begins In Ohio (Also: Chicago Reconsiders Holdout)

New Computerized Tests Debut This Week, Starting in Ohio AP: Her state on Tuesday will be the first to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. Show More Summary

#EdGif Of The Day: The President's Day #SelfieStick Demonstration

What better way to celebrate President's Day than a Presidential demonstration of the #selfiestick (devices that have already been banned at several museums and soccer stadiums but not yet at any schools that I know of)? See more Obama gifs here - they're all part of a video he did for Buzzfeed on behalf of the Obamacare signup. See you tomorrow!

Update: 3 More Avenues To Great Information From Scholastic

Good news from the folks at Scholastic Administrator (who kindly sponsor this blog) is that there are now two more blogs on the site: The first is edu@scholastic, run by Tyler Reed (@tylerbreed) with voices from all over Scholastic-land). Show More Summary

Congress: The (Seeming) Demise Of The Congressional Research Service

Got a minute? Check out Kevin Kosar's Washington Monthly article (Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service) for a depressing but informative look at what's happened to CRS, the in-house think tank for Congress that used to be such...Show More Summary

Quotes: Chicago Teachers Union Blames Mayor For Jackie Robinson Little League Scandal

Mayor Rahm closed half a dozen schools in Jackie Robinson West’s part of the city, and tried to close the school where the founder of JRW worked. Then CPS cut funding for high school freshman sports, laid off a thousand teachers. -- CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey in The Nation (Gentrification Is the Real Scandal). Quote slightly edited for clarity.

Charts: No, There Aren't Really More Black Men In Jail Than In College

According to Vox, it's not even close. But people keep saying it anyway, probably because it vividly captures concerns about mass incarceration and African-American education achievement. Click the link for an explanation. Image used with permission.

AM News: LA State Supe Threatens Common Core Districts With Zeroes

La. Supt.: Zeroes for Schools Avoiding 'Core' Tests The Advocate: Tackling a bubbling controversy, state Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday that state and federal rules require Louisiana to proceed with plans to give Common Core tests next month. Show More Summary

#TBT: New America Foundation Education Event (Eight Years Ago)

Here's a #TBT picture from a January 2007 New America event in DC. Can you name these current and former educationistas without cheating (by looking here)? I know that two of them are still in the game, but I'm not sure about the others. Show More Summary

Thompson: Re-Evaluating the Gates MET Study

Dana Goldstein’s remarkable contribution to the AEI conference on edu-philanthropy, Paying Attention to Pedagogy while Privileging Test Scores, starts with the reminder that (except for Education Week) little of the MET’s media coverage...Show More Summary

Media: Who Covered Yesterday's House NCLB Markup Best?

Today is one of those opportunities to try and see how different outlets match up against each other covering the same event. Or, well, it should be. But the Washington Post doesn't seem to have covered the event, which is a bit of surprise given their two-member national education reporting team. Show More Summary

Charts: Union Coverage & Membership Fall Below 50 Percent

It's not just union membership that's declining, reports USA Today, but also the percentage of teachers who are covered by a union contract. Image used with permission.

Quotes: Bolstering Executive Function To Help "Problem Readers"

We need to start not just giving flashcards, letters, and sounds the way we now do, but, especially if we know someone might be a problem reader, look at these other skills, at cognitive control and self-regulation. -- UCSF researcher Fumiko Hoeft in The New Yorker (How Children Learn To Read) #stealthdyslexia

AM News: New Report Says Student Data Software Lacks Basic Security

Data Security Gaps in an Industry Student Privacy Pledge NYT: On the eve of a congressional hearing to explore the use of new technology in classrooms nationwide, a software engineer has found significant gaps in an industry effort to bolster student data security and privacy. Show More Summary

Journalism: Three Education Stories I'd Like To See

Here are three stories I'd like to see (unless you've written or seen them already): THE LAWSUIT ERA: Vergara and a few other high-profile education lawsuits -- combined with the legal strategy employed by gay rights advocates -- makes me think that we're overdue for a return to court-focused advocacy efforts. Show More Summary

Quotes: States Might Take Over More Districts Under Common Core

I hear more state boards talking about it, even if they're not doing it yet... If you believe that more and more authority is going to go back to states — and I do — then you probably are likely to see it more. -- NASBE Kristen Amundson in USA Today (More state takeovers of public schools possible)

Video: NJ Governor Chris Christie Revises Common Core Position

Here's Christie's latest pronouncement on the standards, which as the Des Moines register notes is a change from his previous position. Click the link if the video doesn't load.

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