The Answer Sheet: President Obama


Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama on education: Rhetoric vs. reality

What he said and what he didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Obama on education in SOTU -- text

What he said on school reform and other ed issues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will Obama step up in SOTU?

Will the president advocate policies that are actually effective at addressing wealth inequality and the damage caused by that inequality?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 11/30/2013

The 21 books Obama bought on D.C. shopping trip

“Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail,” “The Kite Runner” and 19 more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:53 PM ET, 11/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Obama’s education gap: Rhetoric vs policies

A look at what the president’s ed policies tell us about his belief system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Big Gap, President Obama

Posted at 12:29 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Transcript: Obama's remarks on college affordability plan

Obama announces his plan to rate colleges based on certain metrics and link financial aid to the ratings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:29 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Affordability, In Buffalo, N.Y, President Obama

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Text of Obama speech: We will connect 99 percent of schools to Internet

President Obama spells out his five-year plan at a North Carolina school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Technology, New Digital Initiative, President Obama

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 05/27/2013

What Obama said back then about standardized tests

What he promised in 2008. What he didn't deliver.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:28 AM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Look Back, President Obama

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Text: Obama's speech at U.S. Naval Academy graduation

The president talks about honor and courage -- and addresses a sexual assault scandal in the military.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'We Need Your Honor', President Obama

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Has anybody told Obama about the problems his education policies have caused?

How much has the president been told by his aides about the serious problems his education reform policies have been causing public schools across the country?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's Hard To Know, President Obama

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 05/19/2013

Obama's commencement speech at Morehouse College -- text

"I will say it betrays a poverty of ambition if all you think about is what goods you can buy instead of what good you can do."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:52 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'We Have Individual Responsibilities', President Obama

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Obama tweet gets Australian researcher big attention

One tweet from President Obama is a gift to an Australian researcher on climate change.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:37 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Out of Our Expectations', President Obama

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 05/05/2013

'I dare you to do better' -- Obama's Ohio State commencement speech

President Obama tells Ohio State grads that even though key American institutions failed them, they should stay optimistic and work to improve the country's democratic experiment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:12 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commencement Address, President Obama, Reject 'Creeping Cynicism', Text of Address

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Not a word from Obama (or White House press corps) on education

What President Obama didn't talk about in his Tuesday news conference.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:44 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Nada On Education, On Education, President Obama

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Obama's big second-term education problem

President Obama has something of a problem in his second term in terms of education policy: His first term.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Education Reform, It's Duncan's Problem Too, President Obama

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/26/2013

Teacher boycott of standardized test in Seattle spreads

A boycott of Washington state's mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers' unions, parents, researchers and education activists.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Does President Obama Know?, Garifled Teachers, Standardized Test Revolt, Standardized Tests

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Obama's proposals on school safety

Here's what President Obama proposed today to make schools safer as part of his expansive new initiative to reduce gun violence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:14 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, School Safety, Targeting Gun Violence

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011

The Diane Ravitch myth

Anybody reading much of the commentary written on education policy could be forgiven for thinking that education historian Diane Ravitch is somehow the Wizardess of Ed, the woman behind the curtain secretly pulling the strings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch | Tags:  arne duncan, bill gates, charter schools, colbert report, diane ravitch, jon stewart, president obama, school reform, whitney tilson

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Obama's mistimed Miami school visit -- with Jeb Bush

What a tag team. At a time when Wisconsin teachers are protesting to keep their collective bargaining rights, President Obama is traveling to Florida to share a stage with the anti-union Jeb Bush, the former governor who led corporate-driven, standardized test-obsessed school reform and tried to reduce teachers union influence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests | Tags:  arne duncan, president obama, president obama and teachers, rick scott, scott walker, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Ravitch: 'A moment of national insanity'

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes: "The reality on the ground suggests that the corporate reform movement ... will set American education back, by how many years or decades is anyone's guess."

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arne duncan, diane ravitch, gates foundation, president obama, president obama and school reform, race to the top, school reform, teachers

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011

The Bartleby Project

A veteran educator writes about the country's obsession with standardized testing and what might be done about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  education reform, president obama, school reform, standardized test industry, standardized tests, test industry, the bartleby project

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Should Obama be commencement contest prize?

Again President Obama is offering himself as a commencement speaker to the high school that wins a new contest. So what's the problem?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  commencement contest, commencement speaker, commencement speech, obama commencement, obama commencement speaker, president obama and commencement, race to the top contest, stephen colbert

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011

'It makes no sense:' A dissection of Obama's education view

Here is a dissection of what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union speech, plus more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  china and india and education, china education, chinese schools, education, education policy, education reform, indian schools, international competitiveness, obama speech, president obama, president obama school reform, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, state of the union, u.s. education

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Letter to President Obama: Who is a 'highly qualified' teacher?

More than 50 organizations sign a letter to President Obama about legislation that would codify a Bush-era regulation that allows states to label teachers as “highly qualified” when they are still in training – and, in many cases, just beginning training – in alternative route programs. alternative route programs.Bamajoin in

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:28 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  continuing resolution, definition of highly qualified, education groups, h.r. 3082, highly qualified, highly qualified teacher, letter to obama, president obama, public school teachers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Things I’m sick of hearing

It’s time for school reformers to find new ways to attack their critics. It’s getting tiring hearing the same old refrains, which go something like this.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap | Tags:  charter schools, data-driven reform, michelle rhee, president obama, school reform, standardized tests, teachers unions

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Obama’s faulty education logic: What he said and failed to say

Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Poverty, Poverty, Poverty | Tags:  education reform, no child left behind, obama, obama education initiative, obama education reform, obama race to the top, obama speech, obama state of the union, president obama, public school reform, public schools, race to the top, state of the union, state of the union speech

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011

The case against NCLB reauthorization

Here's an argument by someone other than Margaret Spellings against reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  edujobs, elementary and secondary education act, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, obama and school reform, president obama, race to the top, reauthorization esea, school reforms

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Has American education peaked?

Educator Marion Brady argues that our current reform road will do nothing to fix our school system, and he offers a way to imagine real alternatives.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  21st century skills, arne duncan, marion brady, obama school reform, president obama and school reform, school curriculum, school reform

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/09/2011

How to be taken seriously as a reformer (don't be an educator)

In the current upside-down world of education policy, there's one foolproof strategy for being taken seriously as a reformer: Make sure you're not an educator. Here, an educator writes about what counts -- and what SHOULD count -- in the school reform debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Illiinois schools, Performance Counts, bill gates, eli broad, jeb bush, mark zuckerberg, obama and schools, obama daughters and school, oprah, performance counts, president obama and daughters, school reform, sidwell and obama, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teachers

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Resolutions someone should make for 2011

An educator offers some resolutions for the new year: That President Obama et al stop saying, "We are going to educate ourselves toward a 21st Century economy;" that people who really know about education appear on Oprah; that policy makers stop making standardized testing the gold standard of student achievement and teacher effectiveness; that we stop using corporate speak (game changer, incentivize) to talk about education. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  2011 resolutions, ian hacking, mike rose, new year's resolutions, obama and education policy, oprah, oprah winfrey, president obama, standardized tests, stephen jay gould, student achievement, teacher effectiveness

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Obama girls miss two days of school; when is it okay to keep a kid out of school?

Malia and Sasha Obama are missing two days of school to stay on vacation with their parents, the president and the first lady. When is it okay to keep a child out of school?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life | Tags:  malia, malia and sasha, malia and sasha obama, malia obama, michelle obama, obama and hawaii, obama and sidwell, obama daughters, obama daughters miss school, obama trip, obama vacation, president obama, sasha, sasha obama, sidwell friends

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010

A new mess at Central Falls High in Rhode Island

Things aren’t going well at Central Falls High, the Rhode Island school that became famous last spring when all of the teachers were fired and President Obama praised the “accountability” move.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, central falls, central falls high school, president obama, school reform, school transformation, school turnaround, teachers

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 11/17/2010

What Ravitch told KIPP and Teach for America

Education historian Diane Ravitch gave a speech at Rice University about school reform in which she directly challenged officials from Teach for America and the Knowledge Is Power Program who were present -- the very people who had invited her.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:04 AM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, diane ravitch, finland, finland education, kipp, knowledge is power program, nclb, no child left behind, obama school reform, president obama, rice university, secretary duncan, teach for america, teachers, tfa

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Harvard’s strange ‘Strange Bedfellows’ education event

You might think, or at least I would, that a ticketed discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics on education would include people with different views. But with Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and John Podesta as the panel, the "discussion" will sound more like an echo chamber.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, education department, harvard, harvard university, institute of politics, iop, jeb bush, john podesta, margaret spellings, michelle rhee, no child left behind, obama education reform, president obama, race to the top, school reform

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 11/05/2010

Who’s NOT on Forbes powerful people list -- but should be

On the Forbes list of the 68 most powerful people in the world you will find government leaders, bankers, religious figures, a drug trafficker and Oprah Winfrey. But you won't find an educator, and there's one who should have been on the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:13 AM ET, 11/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, china president, dalai lama, forbes, forbes magazine, hu jintao, jintao, mark zuckerberg, oprah, oprah winfrey, pope benedict, powerful people list, president obama

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Where Kline stands on education policy

The man expected to be the new chairman of the House's education committee has some strong opinions about policy: He immensely dislikes No Child Left Behindy, but wants the Disabilities Education Act fully funded.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress | Tags:  112th congress, IDEA, arne duncan, charter schools, congress, education committee, education policy, gop takeover, gop victory, house education and labor committee, john kline, midterm elections, nclb, no child left behind, president obama, race to the top, rep. john kline, republican victory, special ed, special education

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Education policy: What will happen now

If you think things have been unexpectedly bad in the world of education under President Obama, the Republican takeover of the House could just make things even worse.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congress | Tags:  boehner, boehner speaker of the house, congress, democrats, education department, education policy, gops takes house, john boehner, nclb, no child left behind, obama, obama democrats, president obama, rand paul, republican takeover, republicans, speaker of the house

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Is Duncan out of bounds?

I have one question about this poster promoting Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech on school reform at UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week: Who thought showing Duncan playing basketball with President Obama was a good idea?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, education department, president obama, school reform, secretary arne duncan, secretary duncan, unesco

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 10/26/2010

In STEM era, humanities get new attention

Given all the attention STEM-related subjects get, you could be forgiven for thinking that math, science, technology and engineering are the only things college students can take. In this STEM era, the humanities are getting new attention at colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Curriculum, Curriculum | Tags:  STEM, brandeis university, engineering degrees, humanities, iran, mandel center, math education, new york times editorial, president obama, science fair, social sciences, south korea, stem education, the humanities, university of connecticut, university of pittsburgh, white house

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010

Afterschool programs in funding jeopardy

Thousands of afterschool programs are in danger of losing their funding because of a proposal that would allow federal money now used to support these programs to instead pay for longer school days. That may sound like it makes sense, but it doesn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Learning, Learning | Tags:  afterschool alliance, afterschool funds, afterschool programs, arne duncan, extending school day, lights on afterschool, longer school day, president obama, quality afterschool, school reform, student achievement

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2010

'Manifesto' should be resignation letter

Educator and researcher Kevin G. Welner writes that none of the reforms discussed in a "manifesto" for school reform by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and 14 other schools chiefs are grounded in research and are nothing more than fads and gimmicks.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  charter schools, fixing schools, joel klein, klein manifesto, klein rhee, manifesto, merit pay, michelle rhee, obama and school reform, obama and schools, president obama, reform manifest, rhee manifesto, school reform

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Obama, the 'Superman' movie flack?

President Obama is welcoming to the White House the five young students who star in "Waiting for Superman." Thank you, Mr. President, for drawing more attention to the tendentious movie. The $2 million given by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the movie apparently wasn't enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  davis guggenheim, kids and obama, matt lauer, obama, obama and sidwell, obama daughters, president obama, sidwell friends school, students go to white house, superman film, superman kids, superman kids at white house, superman movie, waiting for superman, white house

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Jill Biden, Obama host summit on community colleges

Jill Biden, a longtime community college instructor who happens to be the country's Second Lady, hosts the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Community Colleges | Tags:  community college summit, community colleges, dropout rates, graduation rates, jill biden, obama, president obama, white house summit

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 09/27/2010

The elephant that Obama and Lauer ignored: Poverty and student achievement

When President Obama sat down for an interview about school reform with NBC's Matt Lauer, they walked right up to the link between poverty and student achievement, but wound up ignoring the elephant in the room. And that tells you what you need to know about the Obama administration's school reform policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:41 PM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  arne duncan, education nation, obama, obama nbc, obama school reform, obama schools, president obama, president obama; obama interview; obama lauer interview; obama education interview; student achievement poverty; poverty and schools, race to the top

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Why 'Waiting for Superman' premiere was chilling

Something chilling happened at the Washington D.C. premiere of "Waiting for Superman" that involved Michelle Rhee and the A-list audience.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools | Tags:  adrian fenty, al franken, arne duncan, charter schools, d.c. schools, david axelrod, fenty and gray, george miller, melody barnes, michelle rhee, movie premiere, obama and refoms, obama reform, president obama and school reform, research and education, research on charter schools, rhee and gray, superman film, superman premiere, teachers and unions, vincent gray, waiting for superman, what will rhee do?, when will rhee leave?, who will replace rhee

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Obama picked wrong school to give speech

The Philadelphia school chosen for President Obama’s second annual “back to school” speech to students around the country is consistently ranked as a great public college-preparatory institution. That’s why he should have picked a different school to visit.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  central falls high school, elliott school, obama and back to school, obama and back to school speech, obama and masterman school, obama and school reform, obama and speech, obama and speech and students, obama speech, president obama and back to school, president obama and school reform, restructured schools, t.c. williams, t.c. williams high school, urgent need of reform list

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/16/2010

Ravitch: 'Are we in an era of National Stupidity?'

Education historian Diane Ravitch looks at the accumulating evidence revealing how our "accountability policies are a great fraud," and asks: "Are we in an era of National Stupidity or National Insanity?"

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch, Diane Ravitch | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Diane Ravitch, accountability and nclb, accountability movement, accountability policies, bridging differences, diane ravitch and deborah meier, holding teachers accountability, how to hold teachers accountable, narrowing the curriculum, president obama and education bluerpint, president obama and school reform, teachers and merit pay

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/31/2010

Kids spend Memorial Day in school

Memorial Day is a holiday to honor Americans who have died while serving in the U.S. military, and, at least unofficially, makes the beginning of summer. But today, in school districts across the country, a lot of kids who usually have the day off are instead in class.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  biden and arlington, memorial day and president, memorial day and school, memorial day classes, memorial day events, memorial day observances, obama and arlington, obama and memorial day, president obama and memorial day

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2010

Tentative agreement reached on Rhode Island teachers

The teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island who were all recently fired may get to keep their jobs after all. A tentative agreement has been reached between the teachers union and school district officials and will be voted on tomorrow.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:52 PM ET, 05/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  central falls high school, deal in central falls, president obama and central falls, teachers and central falls

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010

Michigan high school wins Obama; five others get consolation prize

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan is the big winner in a contest that offered as its prize a commencement speech by President Obama, and five other finalists won't walk away empty-handed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:04 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  High School, High School | Tags:  Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo school wins contest, President Obama, Race to the Top, commencement speech and Obama, high school

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 05/04/2010

Deborah Meier's education advice to Obama

Renowned educator Deborah Meier has some unsolicited advice for President Obama about how to shape education policy and meet the needs of students, teachers, parents and the public.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:45 AM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Deborah Meier, Deborah Meier, Deborah Meier | Tags:  Deborah Meier, No Child Left Behind, Obama and blueprint, President Obama and blueprint, guest bloggers, performance assessment, school reform and Obama

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 04/29/2010

Obama awards Teacher of the Year

President Obama presented Sarah Brown Wessling from Iowa with the 2010 National Teacher of the Year award today at a ceremony in the Rose Garden. He also supported legislative efforts to provide funding to states to keep hundreds of thousands of teachers from being laid at the end of the school year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:14 PM ET, 04/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  president obama, sara brown wessling, teacher of the year, teacher of the year winner, teachers, wessling and teacher of the year

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/22/2010

Obama should call an education summit

By Mark Phillips. President Obama should call an education summit meeting if he wants to have credibility as a leader of school reform. It should include our most eminent educational leaders as well as teacher organization heads. It is not too late to reshape his policies but this must happen in a hurry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  Arne Duncan and schools, President Obama and schools, Race to the Top, school reform

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/13/2010

Why Obama’s schools funding approach is upsetting educators

School superintendents across the country are becoming increasingly worried about the Obama administration's plans to turn new education funding into competitive grants, including for the government's main program for helping schools in high-poverty areas.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  No Child Left Behind, Obama and education, Obama and school reform, Obama's blueprint, President Obama, Race to the Top, education funding, funding for schools, school reform

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/12/2010

Willingham: Obama should stop coercing teachers and start persuading

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about how President Obama seems to trying to coerce teachers to do what he wants rather than use his formidable powers of persuasion. Experients in psychology, he says, show that coercion gets compliance, while persuasion breeds enthusiasm and innovation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, Obama and teachers, Obama education policy, President Obama and teachers, guest bloggers

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/24/2010

Disaster for Florida teachers: Senate Bill 6

A bill in the Florida Senate would go a long way to destroying the teaching profession in the state: It would eliminate job security, and link most of a teacher's pay to how well students perform on standardized tests. The bill takes to extremes the notion, supported by President Obama, of linking teacher evaluation to test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Florida legislature, President Obama, standardized tests, teacher pay, teachers

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Ravitch's NCLB book an unexpected best seller

Education policy books aren't usually best sellers, but Diane Ravitch's new "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," has become so popular that many bookstores are sold out.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Diane Ravitch, President Obama

Posted at 11:19 PM ET, 03/18/2010

School restructuring and AYP

It’s a good thing that President Obama wants to eliminate the requirement in No Child Left Behind that required schools to prove that students were making “adequate yearly progress.” A new report shows one-third of the nation’s public schools failed to meet AYP targets in the 2008-09 school year. But Obama's faith in restructuring of schools that don't meet AYP is misplaced. An article by Alexander Russo explains some unexpected consequences of restructuring.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:19 PM ET, 03/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind | Tags:  NCLB, No Child Left Behind, President Obama, restructuring schools; education reform

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 03/18/2010

Teacher who hung Obama in effigy should go

The teacher at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island who hung President OBama in effigy--apparently in reaction to Obama’s support of the firings--should go.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:25 PM ET, 03/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind | Tags:  President Obama, central falls, rhode island school, teachers fired

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/15/2010

On Obama (and Jay Mathews) and teacher accountability

Let's get real about "teacher accountability." Using student standardized test scores to judge the effectiveness of teachers is wrong--and saying so doesn't make anyone an opponent of holding teachers accountable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers, Teachers, Teachers | Tags:  No Child Left Behind, President Obama

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/13/2010

Obama and NCLB: The good--and very bad--news

Today we learned the vision that President Obama has for the American public education system in the post-No Child Left Behind era. Unfortunately, it doesn't look different enough. George Bush probably never realized how much of a friend Obama would be to NCLB.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  Arne Duncan, No Child Left Behind, President Obama, school reform

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2010

Obama’s contradictions on education

President Obama has said repeatedly that his education goal is to make sure that every child has a quality education and the opportunity to graduate from college -- and he displayed his commitment to that by donating some of his Nobel Prize money to organizations that help underserved children get ready for college. But his education policies are guaranteed not to reach that goal.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, No Child Left Behind | Tags:  Arne Duncan, No Child Left Behind, President Obama, Race to the Top

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/01/2010

Obama's unfortunate comments on teacher firings

President Obama unfortunately waded today into a debate about the firings last week of all of the educators in a high school in Rhode Island. Someone apparently has never told the president that these kinds of restructuring efforts rarely work well.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  arne duncan, president obama, school reform

Posted at 08:56 PM ET, 01/26/2010

Mr. Obama: Say this on education

Note to the White House: You haven’t yet called to ask me what President Obama should say about education in the State of the Union speech so I’ll save you the time. Here it is. This comes from Sam Chaltain, national director of the non-profit Forum for Education & Democracy, an oganization committed to advancing the democratic role of public education. Chaltain has been involved for years in educating young people to become engaged and democratic citizens. If Obama is planning to extol the virtues of his "Race to the Top" program, please reconsider. Chaltain has a better idea.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:56 PM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  president obama, race to the top

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2010

Obama's teleprompter

In the category of “some folks will find any and every stupid little thing with which to bash President Obama:” The commander in chief is being ridiculed by bloggers on the Internet over his use last week of a teleprompter when he went to an elementary school in Virginia to give a speech about his education program. Obama went to Graham Road Elementary School last week to talk about “Race to the Top,” and while he was there, to have a talk with sixth graders. The bloggers are accusing him of using the teleprompter to talk to the kids. Of course, any sixth grader who wasn’t there could figure out that that wasn’t what he did.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Race to the Top, Race to the Top | Tags:  President Obama, Race to the Top

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/19/2010

A question for President Obama

I wonder if President Obama realizes the very huge gap between his pre-election talk about education and the program that his administration is advancing now. Today Obama went to a Virginia school to announce $1.35 billion new funding for his “Race to the Top” initiative for improving the country’s public education system. The total price tag is expected to be $4.35 billion. This effort is the successor to president Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program in ways more than just timing; the emphasis on standardized test scores that marked NCLB has been carried over into Race to the Top, and even, as some critics, made even more prominent. This is not at all the message that Obama as presidential candidate made repeatedly.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan, Education Secretary Duncan | Tags:  president obama, race to the top, standardized tests

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/19/2009

Obama and sensible school lunch schedules

hen President Obama made a surprise visit today to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring to share a meal with third- and fifth-graders, he picked a school that has reasonable lunch schedule for its kids. The school says that its students have 30 minutes to eat their lunch every day. But there are plenty of other schools where kids have 15 or 20 minutes to eat. And some students are forced to eat lunch before 11 a.m. How much time for lunch should students get?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:44 PM ET, 10/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  President Obama, Viers Mill Elementary School, school lunch

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009

Dr. Jill Biden Guest Blogs on Community Colleges

By Jill Biden I wanted to share some thoughts about a very exciting day I had Monday. In the morning I traveled with President Obama to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. As I told the students and teachers I met there, I felt right at home. I’ve been an English teacher for almost 30 years, and I’ve spent much of my career in the community college system. In fact, yesterday I was right back in my own college classroom teaching English. People often ask me why I choose to teach at a community college. Well—the answer is simple: It’s my students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Community Colleges | Tags:  community colleges, jill biden, president obama

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009

P.S.: Who Watched Obama's Back-to-School Speech

My colleague Nick Anderson on the national schools beat offers a postscript to the flap over President Obama's back-to-school speech: There was much buzz beforehand about whether it was appropriate to show students the speech that Obama gave Tuesday at...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education, Civics Education, Civics Education | Tags:  Arlington Public Schools, Calvert County Schools, D.C. schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Howard County schools, Montgomery County Schools, P.G. Schools, President Obama, back-to-school, education speech

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 09/09/2009

Obama, McCartney, Springsteen: Let Them Talk to Kids in School!

The Answer Sheet loves the Beatles and is delighted that the group is the No. 1 band in the world right now, even though the boys haven’t played together in 40 years and two are dead. It seems unfair, though,...

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:35 PM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, President Obama, music education, the Beatles