Link to the study here, well worth reading:
An article by Jason Hart appeared on the Fox News web site today headlined “Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise.” It begins: National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members. Van Roekel, who retired this summer, was […]
Last summer corporate lackey, Arne Duncan, acknowledged that "testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools." In order to make his statement truer still, Gates and the USDOE just announced a 60 day comment period on a plan to use K-12 student test scores to grade teacher preparation programs. Show More Summary
That's me, feeling grateful at a Javits Center event earlier this year. So many people have been helpful and supportive of my career over the long haul, but there have been a few pivotal moments where people seemed like they changedShow More Summary
I'm taking an early trip up to Boston to see my family, and hope that you are wrapping things up and heading out soon or already on your way to wherever you're going (including staying home). Have a great next few days. Thanks as always for reading and following and rebutting when necessary. Much appreciated.
Teachers’ unions have made the overuse of standardized testing one of their primary issues for many years now. They have ramped up the pressure, calling them “toxic,” among other frightening names. Even the staunchest defenders of standardized testing admit they are limited in what they can tell us about students, teachers and schools. So how […]
The other injustice in Ferguson: Schools are closed Quartz: The list of closures affects schools that are rich and poor, black and white, emblematic of districts that are more segregated today than before Brown vs. Board of Education. Show More Summary
Last week, NPQ discussed the issue of Cosby's board memberships (Must Nonprofits Change Their Relationship with Bill Cosby?), and I'm told that StudentsFirst has now removed the entertainer from its board. But there's another, deeper...Show More Summary
Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ http://ow.ly/EOsH2 Marion Barry’s Complicated Education Legacy | Ahead of the Heard http://ow.ly/EOqSY @saramead NEA’s $132M Influence Spree - @dropoutnationShow More Summary
[Bush] says he wants to break up so-called ‘monopolies’ of public education, forgetting that public education is a public good, a moral imperative and a constitutional mandate in many of this country’s states, including Florida. - Randin Weingarten via WSJ (Fight With Unions May Benefit Jeb Bush)
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There is an old saying that tough judicial cases make bad law. Applying the legal maxim to education, challenging school districts like New York City, because of its size, might or might not resort to extraordinary measures. If leaders...Show More Summary
Where do you find work after you’ve been president pro tempore of the state senate and you’ve already been turned down for that college president position? You guessed it.
In case you missed it from last week, here's Condoleeza Rice's claim that failing neighborhood schools and the inequality that comes with them are racist, along with a link to Citizen Stewart's examination of the claim.
It always makes me a little bit nervous when Valerie Strauss tries to go back to straight news reporting after all those weeks and months blogging and sharing material that's pretty uniformly critical of the current school reform movement. Show More Summary
New York Chancellor Is Criticized for Remarks on Charter Schools NYT: Carmen Fariña said at a conference that some charter schools push students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children. Education...Show More Summary
Rudd I'm imagining coming in to work tomorrow morning to find out the president of my university has cut a deal with some Wall Street investors to give space in our department to sell a corporate freak show packaged as a teacher education program. Show More Summary
A clip:...The Mismeasure of Education is a conceptually wide-ranging, empirically detailed, and methodologically innovative approach to addressing persistent challenges of education reform and the current climate of high-stakes testing. Show More Summary
Seeds From what we attribute To joy’s part of time’s terrain, Measured and imagined; We disinter from this plot Our moldering potential For dishonoring disaster— Defiance undiminished, Rise.
As someone who spent most of her career on the wrong side of the education history that she wrote about through the rose-colored glasses of a pampered conservative, Diane Ravitch has found real solace, I think, in acknowledging the truth laid bare by the facts that she could no longer deny. Show More Summary