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The Answer Sheet: November, 2012

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Why a Louisiana judge ruled school vouchers unconstitutional

A Louisiana state judge sided today with opponents of Gov. Bobby Jindal's sweeping private school voucher program, ruling that is unconstitutional because it improperly diverts public state and local money intended for public schools to private institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:37 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Is Indiana Next?, School vouchers

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012

My kindergartener had 14 tests this year'

When one testing window closes, another one opens. We are in a constant state of testing," Madeline Kobayashi, a teacher at Philip Rogers Elementary School in Chicago, said at a townhall forum titled "The Culture of Testing" in Chicago Public Schools. Here's are video clips with some powerful testimony from teachers and parents

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Tests, The Culture of Testing

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/30/2012

The $10,000 bachelor's degree: gimmick or real?

The governors of Texas and Florida (Rick Perry and Rick Scott, respectively) have challenged their state's higher education systems to come up with a bachelor's degree program that costs no more than $10,000. Does this make any sense? Stephen Joel Trachtenberg answers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Michigan coalition opposes Race to Top finalist in letter to Obama, Duncan

A large coalition of Michigan parents, PTA leaders, K-12 teachers, professors and others -- including the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools -- sent the following letter to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan protesting the selection of a new education entity as a finalist in the latest edition of Race to the Top.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Updated: Michelle Rhee writes a zealot's manifesto,' er, memoir

Michelle Rhee has written a memoir that gives her version of reality about the years (2007-2010) that she ran D.C. Public Schools and became a national leader of corporate-based school reform. The book is due out next year but Washington City Paper's Loose Lips has already read it and describes it in less than flattering terms. Here are some of the highlights.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee, Rhee-visionist History

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012

An at-home college-readiness test for students with learning disabilities

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Colleges that don't require SAT or ACT: New survey

A new survey of accredited colleges and students shows that more than 800 admit all or many students without requiring SAT or ACT scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACT, College Admissions, More than 800, SAT

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Finnish Lessons' author wins $100,000 education prize

Finland's Pasi Sahlberg, an international leader in education reform, has won a $100,000 education prize from the University of Louisville for his worldwide best-selling book that explains how Finnish schools were reformed to become among the best in the world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:58 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Finnish Lessons, Pasi Sahlberg, Real School Reform

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Arne Duncan's second term?

Why would Education Secretary Arne Duncan not directly address questions put to hima bout his second-term agenda at Jeb Bush's school reform summit in Washington D.C. today?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:22 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, Exotic Dancer?, Obama administration

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Nine questions about '21st Century curriculum'

In the well-engineered drive to privatize public education, the phrase 21st Century curriculum plays a role similar to New and Improved! on boxes of laundry detergent. It doesn't mean anything. The characteristics of a good 'curriculum' haven't changed since the word was invented, and they're not going to change in the 21st or any other century unless human nature changes. So how can you tell if curricula pitched as 21st Century are lousy? Marion Brady explains.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012

South Carolina teachers take on state superintendent

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Superintendent who led schools' response to Aurora movie massacre stepping down

John Barry, the superintendent of public schools in Aurora, Colorado, who oversaw a detailed response for the state's sixth largest school district in the wake of the massacre last July at an Aurora movie theater, is stepping down.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School superintendent, The resignation email

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/27/2012

KIPP's special status gets more special

ANSWER SHEET | Yet it's tough to ignore the power of the elite relationships the network enjoys.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Teacher in China slaps girl, 5, repeatedly for getting math wrong

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category, a kindergarten teacher in China slaps a 5-year-old girl over and over when the child gets a math problem wrong, according to a Chinese news program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Video

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Charter schools named Race to Top finalists as districts'

The U.S. Education Department just named 61 finalists in its Race to the Top-District competition that will divide nearly $400 million among those deemed to have the "best" school reform plans. The finalists -- which, to be clear, is intended for school districts, as the name of the competition suggests -- include charter schools, charter school networks, district consortiums, and boards of education. Districts from states that have already won Race to the Top money are also on the list. Interesting list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Pennsylvania slapped by U.S. Ed Department over charter schools

While Pennsylvania considers adding eight more cyber charter schools to its roster of 16, it learns that the Department of Education has slapped down its plan to evaluate brick and mortar charters by a method that is easier than for traditional schools. Confused? Read on.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:38 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  8 More Cyber Charters?, Charter Schools, Cyber Charter Schools, New Cyber Charters Considered

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Who does Jeb Bush think he's kidding?

Jeb Bush is about to launch his fifth education summit in Washington, in an effort to to further his brand of corporate-based school reform, which he likes to tout except when acolytes get beaten at the polls.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Homework: An unnecessary evil? Surprising findings from new research

A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Alfie Kohn explains.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 11/25/2012

What do elite private schools owe the public?

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:28 PM ET, 11/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 11/25/2012

How grossly underfunded are public schools?

It is common to hear school reformers say that money isn't a real issue in improving schools. Here's a piece that says otherwise.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 11/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012

SAT Problem of the Day' gives wrong answer

The College Board's SAT "Problem of the Day" is supposed to be helpful -- but that's hard when it cites the wrong answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:55 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Math?, SAT; SAT math problems

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Charter school corruption

As school reformers seek to open more and more charter schools, tales of corruption and self-serving behavior at these schools are told.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:27 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Fleecing Taxpayers

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Will Indiana's Supreme Court toss voucher program?

The Indiana Supreme Court may well surprise supporters of the state school voucher program which has been challenged on constitutional grounds, at least if the oral arguments in the case are truly suggestive.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educated Guess, Vouchers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012

Are MOOCs hyped?

MOOCs have soared in popularity as the disruptive innovation that will revolutionize higher education. Here Larry Cuban wonders if, instead, MOOCs will end up helping redefine schooling in higher education too narrowly as the acquisition of information and skills -- just as standardized test-based school reform has done in K-12.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012

The economics of higher education 101

Current discussions of tuition may be leading to bad public policy, even if they are politically attractive to upper-middle and high income families. It's simple. Cuts to financial aid have the greatest impact on the neediest students. The president of Vasser College explains the basics of economics in higher education;

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/22/2012

A story of educational courage

This is an excerpt from a book called "Educational Courage," which profiles people working in support of public education against a tide of school reform that has turned out to be more destructive than helpful. It tells the story of a teacher who came to recognize how corporate-based reform was affecting what he did in the classroom and how he stopped a merit pay program at his school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 11/22/2012

Test your Thanksgiving smarts

What is the Thanksgiving Classic? That and nine other Thanksgiving questions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:37 AM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  10 Questions, Thanksgiving

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Lincoln's historic Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

ere is the first page of the Thanksgiving proclamation that Abraham Lincoln issued on Oct. 3, 1863, setting the precedent for the national holiday we celebrate today. Local Thanksgiving celebrations were common in years earlier, but in September 1863, Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor who popularized the idea of a national Thanksgiving holiday, wrote to Lincoln urging him to create a "national and fixed union festival."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/21/2012

The future of D.C. public schools

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's plan to close 20 traditional public schools in the nation's capital is nothing if not an acknowledgement that the system over which she presides is inexorably dwindling and being transformed into a collection of independently run public charter schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:25 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, D.C. Public Schools

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

A case against closing 20 D.C. schools

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has released her plan to close 20 schools, prompting a hailstorm of criticism from parents (though the Washington Post editorial board approved it, her). Here a D.C. schools parent explains why the closings could create far more problems than they solve.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Data-driven to distraction in school reform

In the education community, many proclaim themselves to be completely data-driven. Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) has been a buzz phrase for a while now, and continues to be a badge many wear with pride. And yet, every time Esther Quintero hears it, she cringes. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012

A Common Core legal mess in where else? Florida

This isn't the way it was supposed to work, but.... there's a legal battle in the state of Florida over part of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Why this is a cautionary tale.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Needed: STEM education for Marco Rubio

A few years ago Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida put out a 12-point plan that he posited would improve public education. Idea No. 7 was to address the STEM education crisis. crisis in STEM education. Rubio just showed how much of a science crisis there really is in the United States with his comments in GQ magazine about the age of the Earth.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evolution vs. Creationism, Marco Rubio, Science

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Teachers protesting in Hawaii work only mandated hours

A growing number of public school teachers in Hawaii who are sick of working under a forced contract are staging "work to the rules" protests in which they work only the mandated hours -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours -- and not a minute more on specific days. On an assembly line working only required hours is expected but teachers routinely work many more than their required hours.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Study: Homework linked to better standardized test scores

Researchers who looked at data from more than 18,000 10th-graders found little correlation between the time students spent doing homework and better grades in math and science courses. But they did find a positive relationship the time spent on homework and standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Research, Homework, Standardized Tests

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Why some conservatives oppose vouchers

While Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal support vouchers, not all conservatives do, though it's not for the same reasons that fuel opposition from public school advocates. Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice, School Reform

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 11/18/2012

D.C. vouchers: What you need to know

Hundreds of D.C. student who receive money from the congressionally created voucher program attend unaccredited schools, including one school whose curriculum is based on a Bulgarian psychotherapist's philosophy and one Nation of Islam school. There's plenty more in a Post investigation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Post Investigation, D.C. vouchers; Voucher Programs, School choice

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012

Jeb and Arne, together again

Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush's fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit late this month in Washington D.C. What's wrong with that?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/16/2012

Chris Christie, Randi Weingarten (and Bradley Cooper) on new Newark teachers contract

Here's a video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten talking -- along with actor Bradley Cooper of all people -- on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe" about the new teachers contract they negotiated in Newark.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Morning Joe, On 'Morning Joe', Teacher Contract, Teacher Evaluation, teachers unions

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

What the fiscal cliff' means for public schools

ere are some facts about how public schools across the country could be affected if President Obama and Congress don't reach some agreement on solving the nation's debt problem and the country goes over "the fiscal cliff" and "sequestration" takes effect.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/15/2012

GWU and U.S. News ranking: Let us count the flaws

George Washington University is "delisted" from the unfortunately influential U.S. News rankings. Why? Because of flawed information in a flawed data category in a flawed overall methodology for college rankings that shouldn't matter to anyone but do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Unique for-credit online education program launched by university consortium

A consortium of highly regarded universities around the country said today it was starting a first-of-its kind program that would allow undergraduates from the schools to take approved online courses for credit from any of the institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online Education, University Consortium, Virtual Ed

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Jeb Bush's reform summit: Democratic-GOP mind meld?'

you watched Star Trek you will remember the Vulcan 'mind meld,' which was just what it sounds like: a technique that allows two people to share thoughts, experiences, and everything else one finds in a mind. Here's an example of a Democratic mind meld on school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Problems with D.C. teacher retention report

A new report says that the D.C.school system,operating under reforms instituted by former chancellor Michelle Rhee,is holding onto its best teachers at nearly twice the rate as its lowest performers,though teacher turnover is still too common. But there are issues with the report that raise serious questions about its conclusions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 11/14/2012

The ultimate education reform

America has trillions invested in school buildings, their foundations deep underground, their shapes set in brick and reinforced concrete, networked with pipes, wires, and ducts, doors and windows permanently in place. Their designs encourage learner passivity, and theres neither the money nor the will to change them. Can they be re-purposed to really educate?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Washington to allow charter schools after billionaire-backed initiative squeaks through

Washington becomes the 42nd state to allow public charter schools to open now that ballot Initiative1240 has passed by barely 1 percentage point -- this after a group of billionaires, including Bill Gates, donated more than $10 million to get it pushed through.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:03 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Initiative Squeaks Through

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation and why it is nonsense

Even though her house was inundunated by Hurricane Sandy, New York Principal Carol Burris keeps writing smartly about school reform. Here she takes on the newest bromides about teacher assessment and rips them apart.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Are teachers born and raised (not trained)?

Here are seven points about teachers and teacher training programs that in some cases defy reformer 'wisdom.'

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Historian David McCullough: No professional teacher should major in education

Everyone's a critic about the teaching profession. Now we hear from historian David McCullough, who was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes."

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Revolt against high-stakes standardized testing spreads

A national revolt against high-stakes standardized testing in school districts across the country keeps growing. Here's the state of the rebellion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/11/2012

Time on testing: 738 minutes in 3 weeks

How much time do teachers and students spend on standardized tests? A Chicago teacher calculates the amount and the damage.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/10/2012

An easy trick to reduce cheating

Students seem to have few qualms about cheating if the cheating seems relatively slight. What can teachers do? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham has an answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Value-added teacher assessment hit by Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children has issued a new position paper that rejects the use of "value-added" systems that link evaluations of teachers -- especially those in the field of special education -- to student standardized test scores and says they are cause "for concern."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evaluation, Value-added

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Sprouts for sprouts

It isn't a vegetable that kids gravitate to, but brussel sprouts were the centerpiece of a bunch of concoctions at a taste test for D.C. school children. Picture from the D.C. Central Kitchen.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:40 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, School Food

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Jon Stewart focuses on public education

On "The Daily Show" Thursday night, Jon Stewart did a segment that focused on public education -- the impact of budget cuts, how kids learn, teachers. Watch it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:11 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget Cuts, Jon Stewart, Public Education, The Daily Show, Video

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012

One teens standardized testing horror story (and where it will lead)

An 18-year-old University of Missouri freshman is making a documentary film about standardized testing after going through a bad personal experience with these exams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Washington charter initiative STILL undecided update

It turns out that election results for Washington's initiative to allow charter schools to open in the state are incomplete and the outcome remains unknown despite the fact that a bunch of billionaires spent millions to get it approved.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big Money, Charter Schools, School reforfm

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/08/2012

How Obama helped Georgia charter measure win

Georgia's ballot measure to permit the state to create a committee to approve charter schools passed with big support from African Americans -- even though black lawmakers and other leaders in the state said it would lead to the resegregation of public schools. Who helped?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Election Results, Powerful ad, School Reform

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Bad losers in Tuesdays election

No sooner had veteran teacher Glenda Ritz upset Tony Bennett as schools superintendent in Indiana's election by questioning his corporate-based school reform agenda than unhappy Republican state leaders threw down the gauntlet to Ritz and her supporters.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:36 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Indiana Superintendent, School Reform, The Election

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Tony Bennett as Florida schools chief?

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:05 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Obamas Act II: The issue he cant ignore

Barack Obamas re-electionmade possible by a strong African American, Latino, and female voteliberates the president to return to the central questions of equal opportunity that first motivated him to seek public office.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Texas school districts seek to overturn annual NCLB ratings

A coalition of nearly 90 Texas school districts is asking state education officials to set aside all of the Adequate Yearly Progress ratings that they have been given under the No Child Left Behind law since the program started a decade ago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A call for President Obama to change course on education

Here is a call to President Obama and other school reformers to reevaluate the reform initiatives they have undertaken in recent years, framed against the documentary "The Fog of War," in which former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara came to realize how he had ignored evidence in his prosecution of the Vietnam War.

By Arthur H. Camins  |  04:04 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, School Reform, The Fog of Education War

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Results in key education races

School reformers sustained some big upsets around the country but also had some wins. Here's what happened.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Results, Future of Reform, School Reform

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Florida rejects using public funds for religious school tuition

Florida voters defeated a measure that would have allowed the use of public funds for religious school tuition, effectively turning back an effort that was expected to lead to a state-wide voucher program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:48 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'No' on Vouchers, School choice, School Reform, Vouchers

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Major school reformer ousted by teacher as Indiana schools superintendent

In a major upset that will delight school reform foes around the country, Indiana voters tossed out controversial state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and elected veteran teacher Glenda Ritz in his place.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:26 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, The Election

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012

A bakers dozen of races that matter to education

There's at a lot at stake for public education in Tuesday's election. There are initiatives on school funding, the spread of charter schools and vouchers, and plenty more. Here are some key races to watch.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:18 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Results, Public Education, School Reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

The tangled webs of private influence on public school reform

Why won't Indiana release documents that were requested under the Freedom of Information Act to track how private companies are influencing public school reform?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 11/06/2012

The problem with economically fixated reform

Education reform is increasingly described using words such as competition, productivity, economy, etc., and while there is certainly a link between education and financial livelihood, the problem with fixating on this is twofold.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Whats at stake for public schools in election

Tuesday's election will determine whether Arne Duncan stays as President Obama's education secretary (Duncan says he wants to stay and Obama has shown no interest in replacing him) or whether Mitt Romney will pick Duncan's successor -- but there's a lot more at stake for public education when Americans go to the polls.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Initiatives and Races, School Reform, The Election

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Politics and school reform: Power, ideology and the use of evidence

Last week we learned that Republican legislators had pressured the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service into withdrawing a report that reached a conclusion about tax rates and economic growth that undercut a central GOP philosophy. What does this have to do with school reform?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 11/04/2012

Obama, Romney talk about education visions

Listen to the candidates talk about their view of education and the federal role in supporting public schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:20 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Agendas, Video

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 11/03/2012

The most important element of student success?

Is "rigor" what students really need to be successful in school? Or is a "vigorous" classroom a better alternative, and if so, what exactly is it?

By loebv  |  10:01 AM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Horrifying investigation into child abuse at unlicensed religious homes in Florida

Short summary of story

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

An alternative to standardized testing for student assessment

Assessment reformers are often challenged, What would you do instead of standardized testing? Here's one way.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

How should schools be funded?

What's the best way to fund public schools to achieve educational equity?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Just Let Me Teach armbands taking off

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By Valerie Strauss  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fed Up, School Reform, Teachers

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Obamas second-term promises in education

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By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Earth’s story in about 1 minute — video

In the everything-is-really-about-education category, here's an absorbing video tracing the cosmic and biological origins of our species, set to original music.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

The value of a college degree vs. the debt it takes to earn it

Faced with high costs and near-universal financial hardship, young people can find it difficult to determine whether college is actually worth the price tag. Here's some help looking at the expected value of one’s degree versus the estimated amount of debt the student will incur.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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