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Another Lesson on Union Officer Pay

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 […]

Federal Plans to Suck Remaing Air from Teacher Education Classrooms

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

Giving Thanks: 6 Key Moments That Changed My Post-Grad School Career

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

Early Departure: Happy Thanksgiving 2014, Faithful Readers!

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.

Randi Weingarten Unintentionally Makes the Case for Standardized Tests

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 […]

AM News: School Closures Worsen Things For Ferguson-Area Kids

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

Update: Cosby Allegations Raise Tough Education Issues

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

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Mourning Former DC Mayor Marion Barry

Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ Marion Barry’s Complicated Education Legacy | Ahead of the Heard @saramead NEA’s $132M Influence Spree - @dropoutnationShow More Summary

Quotes: Weingarten May Be Helping Bush By Calling Him Out

[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)

Thompson: Joel Klein's Heedless Rush to Impose Transformative Change

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 Everybody Knows Your Name

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.

Morning Video: Debating Rice's "Racist Liberals" Claim

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.

Media: Washington Post's Valerie Strauss Mangles Duncan Staff Moves

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

AM News: NYC Debates Whether Charters Push Out More Students Than District Schools

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

U of Memphis President David Rudd Sells Out Education Students and Faculty to Wall Street Hedge Funders

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

TCR Reviews The Mismeasure of Education

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


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Conservative Revolutionaries and Revolutionary Tories

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

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