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The Answer Sheet: January, 2013

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Business leaders urge Congress to rewrite No Child Left Behind

(Critics of education reform note that educators don't presume to know about business to tell business leaders how to reform their own institutions. Still a group of chief executive officers at leading U.S. companies is now urging Congress to rewrite No Child Left Behind as part of its recommendations for policies that promote business growth in 2013.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration Reform Urged Too, No Child Left Behind

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Charter schools that start bad stay bad, study finds

Charter schools that start out doing poorly aren't likely to improve, and charters that are successful from the beginning most often stay that way, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University who also analyzed charter management organizations.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  And Good Ones Stay Good, Charter Schools, Education Research

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Michelle Rhee uses StudentsFirst to sell memoir

Is this putting students first? Michelle Rhee's new memoir is set to go on sale Tuesday and she is already trying to hawk it, using the website of her school reform organization, StudentsFirst, to attract buyers. The site has a free excerpt, which I found out about when I received the letter below from Rhee.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/30/2013

E-mails link Bush foundation, corporations and education officials

A non-profit group released thousands of emails today and said they show how a foundation founded by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and national education reform leader, is working with public officials in states to write education laws that could benefit some of its corporate funders.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Six best e-mails on National School Choice Week

It's School Choice Week, which is not easy to forget if your email queue fills up every few hours with messages that have subject lines like the ones below. There are, according to the website, "3,600 events and counting!" to celebrate school choice, which has become one of the primary focuses of school reformers in America today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Happy Hours and More, Lots of Events, School choice

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013

The Vietnamization of public education

Here's an interesting look at the false metrics of success that characterized the Vietnam War, and now, school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Teacher: How my 9th graders graded me

Some confident teachers allow their students to evaluate their performance at the end of each semester, believing they can learn the assessments how to improve. Here's a report from one teacher who let ninth graders evaluate his teaching over the last semester.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013

A tough critique of Common Core on early childhood education

Two early childhood experts argue that the Common Core Standards ignore research on child development.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Why we love artists but not arts education

There's a major disconnect between how creativity is valued in society and the career advice we give our children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Prince George's Co. school lets Muslim students out of class to pray

The growing number of Muslim students seeking accommodations to practice their religion in public schools has stirred debate about the long-contentious issue of prayer in America's public institutions. But a Prince George's County high school principal believes she has found a way to accommodate Muslim students: She gives those with parental permission and high grades a pass out of class every day to pray.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Making Acommodations

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Down the rabbit hole of education reform

Former teacher Mark Phillips takes us on a trip through cliches and learning.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2013

Sandy Hook Elementary getting extra vacation days

Sandy Hook Elementary School is being given three extra vacation days in February to help the school community recover from the trauma of deadly shootings that claimed the lives of 20 students and six teachers in December.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  To Recover From Shootings

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2013

Florida ed reform: 'A danger of all this imploding'

Educators in Florida have been screaming for some time about the irrationality of the state's standardized test-based school accountability system -- which is being sold around the country by former governor Jeb Bush as a model for education reform. But now the powerful president of the Florida Senate, Republican Don Gaetz, has become part of the chorus.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Teacher Evaluation

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 12:16 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Newtown school district seeks standardized testing waiver

The Newtown, Conn., Board of Education voted to ask the federal government to exempt its public schools from taking some mandated standardized tests because of the trauma suffered by the community from the fatal shootings of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary last month.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newtown Shootings, Standardized Testing, Trauma From Shootings Cited

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

The real problem with multiple-choice tests

While it has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding, and while performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Rocketship charter schools revamping signature 'Learning Lab'

The Rocketship network of charter schools has made a name for itself in the world of school choice -- and attracted $2 million from the Obama administration to help it grow -- with its "blended learning" model that incorporates traditional classroom settings with a computer "Learning Lab" for students. Well, it turns out that the vaunted "Learning Lab" isn't working so well after all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

California's Gov. Brown blasts state, federal education policy

"We seem to think," California Gov. Jerry Brown said in his State of the State Address today, "that education is a thing like a vaccine that can be designed from afar and simply injected into our children." Here are some of the other things he said in address on education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California Gov. Brown, Calls for Trusting Teachers, Education Policy

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Texas House eliminates funding for standardized testing

The revolt against standardized testing in Texas has taken a new twist: The Texas House has put forth a draft 2014-15 budget that zeroes out all funding for statewide standardized assessment and as a way of explanation, Speaker Joe Straus said, "To parents and educators concerned about excessive testing, the Texas House has heard you."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Caution urged on Common Core -- from a supporter

Schools across the country are changing curriculum and testing to align with the new Common Core State Standards, though even some supporters think implementation is being rushed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Questions about newly named head of National Independent Schools Association

The choice of John Chubb, a vocal advocate of school choice who was part of Mitt Romney's campaign education advisory team, as president-elect of the National Association of Independent Schools has sparked some controversy in that part of the education world.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:11 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Teacher may lose job over students with mouths taped shut

Some of you may remember when Michelle Rhee addressed a group of new teachers back in 2010 and disclosed that when she was a second-grade teacher at Baltimore's Harlem Park Elementary, her class-management skills were so bad that she taped the mouths of her students. The incident didn't have any effect on Rhee's career as an education reformer, but a teacher in Ohio isn't going to be so lucky.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:53 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Discipline, Teachers, Who Does That Sound Like?

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Proposed Loudoun charter denied application extension

An effort by a group of Turkish immigrants to get more time to develop their application to open a charter school in Loudoun County -- which would be the first there and possibly in Northern Virginia -- was rejected. That means that the board will decide on the controversial application in late February.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big Concerns Cited, Charter Schools, Gulen Movement

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Mom pays for armed guard at child's school

And now, privately funded armed school guards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Popular study strategies called ineffective -- report

Researchers who evaluated 10 learning techniques believed to improve student achievement found that five of them -- including highlighting or underlining, are not very effective.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/23/2013

D.C. public schools may drop U.S. government requirement

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: The public school system in the nation's capital may let high school students graduate without taking a high school level course in how their country's government works.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Where's the 'collective action' in Obama education policy?

President Obama's second term now officially begins, and in his inaugural address he spoke about the need for "collective action." Here's an argument that his own education policies have violated that principle, with suggestions on what he can do to remedy that.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:40 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Why all high school courses should be elective

The rise of the Common Core State Standards has fueled a long national debate about what courses students should be required to take and when. Here's an unconventional look on the subject.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Why MLK was kicked out of school at 5 and other ed facts

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had something of an unusual education. Here are five things you may not know.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Facts, Martin Luther King, MLK, MLK Day

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Obama's three education references in inaugural speech

Here are the three references to education that President Obama made in his inaugural speech today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inaugural Speech, Schools and Teachers

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/20/2013

Martin Luther King: 'Intelligence is not enough'

Martin Luther King Jr., was prescient on a lot of things, including education. Here are some things he wrote decades ago that sound contemporary.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013

What kids want Obama to do in second term

What do young people want President and Congress to do over the next four years? Here's what.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013

How test anxiety affected a young boy

In this era of high-stakes standardized tests, a subject that gets short shrift is test anxiety and how it affects young students. Text anxiety is a type of performance anxiety, and it can severely affect a student's ability to do well. Here is one mother's story of how test anxiety affected her elementary school son and what she did about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Top 10 words you should use more in 2013

Here is the fifth annual "Wayne State's Word Warriors" list of words it says "deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose."

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  etc., Troglodyte, Vocabulary Words

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

No, Sidwell Friends School has no armed guards

The National Rifle Association is airing a television ad (and has on its website this four-minute video) that says the private school that President Obama's daughters attend, Sidwell Friends School, has 11 armed guards. It doesn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Who's next?

A teacher returning this past year to the classroom for the first time in 12 years explains what he has found about the standardized testing program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Virginia lawmakers wimp out on U-Va.

Here's how tough Virginia's tough legislative leaders were on Helen Dragas, who, in her role as rector of the governing board of the University of Virginia, threw the school into unneeded turmoil last summer with an ultimately unsuccessful effort to remove the president for reasons that have still not been explained to the public.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Not so tough on Dragas, University of Virginia

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 01/17/2013

New questions on the Common Core Standards

Here is the third post in a debate between Yong Zhao and Marc Tucker about the Common Core State Standards. In this installment, Yong Zhao takes on Tucker's support of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Debate, Common Core State Standards

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Why U.S. Education Department has 27 12-gauge shotguns

Back in 2010, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education purchased 27 new Remington Brand Model 870 police 12-gauge shotguns. Why?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Superintendent: Reforms could 'wreak havoc' on great schools

Here is a letter sent to the New Jersey State Board of Education from Michael A. Rossi Jr., superintendent of schools in Madison, about the state's school reform agenda and problems that officials have created for educators and administrators who are charged with implementing policy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013

PTA criticizes Obama's call for more armed school guards

The National Parent Teachers Organization said today it was pleased with much of President Obama's new proposals to improve school security but that his call for more armed guards at schools "comes as a disappointment."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:13 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Group Opposes Guns on Campus, Gun Violence in Schools, guns, School Security

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Michelle Rhee and the missing memo

There's a new twist in the story about whether or not there was cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools during the period when Michelle Rhee was chancellor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:37 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee, Standardized Tests and Cheating, What Does It Say?

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 04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Pop quiz on standardized testing

Here's a short quiz on the latest developments in the world of standardized testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 01/15/2013

U.S. scores on international test lowered by sampling error: report

A sampling error in the U.S. administration of the most recent international test known as PISA resulted in average scores being lower than they should have been, according to a new report that questions just how much these international exams reveal about American public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:22 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Tests, Results Questioned

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Common Core Standards: arguments against -- and for

In a recent post, Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon's College of Education, asked five key questions about the Common Core State Standards and then concluded: "The efforts to develop common curricula nationally and internationally are simply working to perfect an outdated paradigm. The outcomes are precisely the opposite of the talents we need for the new era." Here's a response.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

School superintendents urge Obama to act on gun violence

Here is a letter that the National Superintendents Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of nearly 100 school superintendents in 30 states, just sent to President Obama in support of efforts to protect schools from gun violence.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Teacher: Why I won't give students high-stakes standardized test

A teacher from Garfield High School in Seattle, where teachers decided to refuse to administer high-stakes standardized tests to students, explains why the action is being taken.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013

The wrong remedies

This past week No Child Left Behind turned 11 years old and Michelle Rhee made big news with a "report card" that judged states on how well they implemented policy of which she approves. Here is a look at what connects them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Teachers refuse to give standardized test at Seattle high schools -- Update

This appears to be a first: Teachers at a high school -- Garfield in Seattle -- have decided to refuse to give mandated standardized district tests called the Measures of Academy Progress because, they say, the exams don't evaluate learning and are a waste of time.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Step in Revolt, Standardized Tests

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Why arguing is the best way to learn

Carl Wieman is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and a professor who prided himself on his brilliant lectures. There was just one problem with Wieman's teaching style: his students weren't learning much. Here's what he did to change the dynamic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Still don't know much about history

Many history teachers seem to think that they have to impart every last historical nugget, lest students are left woefully ill-equipped to function in a democratic society. That they are teaching doesn't mean students are learning. How many of you could describe the difference between two British monarchs, Charles I and Charles II? Here's a look at why history class is so boring and what to do about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's education agenda

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday night, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed a state constitutional amendment that would make it easier for charter schools to open, an A-F system to grade schools, the use of Teach For America members, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Virginia schools, Wants More Charter Schools

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

A call to Obama to focus on early childhood education

President Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address outlining his priorities for the next year in a few weeks. Here's an open letter to Obama urging him to make early childhood education -- one school reform with proven results -- a real priority in his second term.

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

What English classes should look like in Common Core era

The recent controversy over how much fiction and non-fiction high school students are supposed to read under the Common Core State Standards begged the question of where the 70 percent non-fiction 30 percent fiction for seniors actually came from and how English classes should look. Here's the answers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Education reform as a business

Here is an example of how school reform has become little more than a business in some arenas (and just how removed some reformers have gotten from classrooms and teachers and students and the actual dynamic of teaching and learning). It's the "Business Plan Competition" being run by the Yale School of Management.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a Business, Investing in Education, School Reform, The Profit Motive

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Where the action is in higher education

Should everybody go to college? What's a non-traditional student? What's a "second-chance" institution? What are community colleges doing? Is American education as big a mess as some make it out to be? These are some of the issues that I discussed in the following Q

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Ravitch on Rhee

The PBS show "Frontline" on Tuesday night aired John Merrow's documentary on Michelle Rhee, which focused on the 3 1/2 years she was chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. There is sure to be a variety of opinions on what it said and what it didn't say. Below is the reaction of education historian Diane Ravitch, the preeminent voice in the growing opposition to Rhee's style of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee, Reaction to Frontline Profile

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Va. legislator withdraws support from controversial Loudoun charter school proposal

A Virginia state senator has withdrawn support from a proposed charter school which would be the first in Loudoun and possibly in northern Virginia if allowed to open because of public "misgivings" and other concerns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Concerns About Applicants, Gulen Movement

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Five key questions about the Common Core standards

The Common Core State Standards are inexorably coming to the 46 states and the District of Columbia, which have approved them. We've heard pros and cons of them in previous posts but here's a broader look at what they may mean for public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Michelle Rhee's new state reform report card

StudentsFirst, her lobbying organization that has taken aim at teachers unions, just released a "reform" report card that grades states on whether they have followed the reforms that she likes. That means that D.C. schools did better than Maryland and Virginia. Really. Here's more about the report card and what else Rhee is up to.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How DC, How Powerful Is She, MD scored, Michelle Rhee, School Reform, VA

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Moco schools chief on new teacher/principal evaluation systems

Here is a new message from Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr about changes to its nationally known educator evaluation systems that the district is being forced to make by the state of Maryland.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Changes Forced By State, Montgomery County Public Schools, Nationally Known Process Forced to Change By State, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013

What's missing from Michelle Rhee's memoir

Michelle Rhee will soon be publishing her memoir, "Radical, Fighting to Keep Children First," and I thought it would be interesting to see what the Washington Post reporter who covered her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor thought about it. Bill Turque agreed to review it, and here's his piece

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Bloomberg likens teachers union to NRA

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, blaming the teachers union for stalled talks on a new teacher evaluation system, expressed his anger on his radio show by comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has asked him to publicly apologize.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:32 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Bloomberg, teachers unions, Weingarten Demands Apology

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013

The secret e-mails about Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark schools

A detail that got buried on the day that Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he would not challenge Gov. Chris Christie next year was the bit of news that a judge had ordered the release of secret e-mails involving the Booker administration's dealings involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to city schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privatization, School Reform, The Gritty Details

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/06/2013

Texas school districts seek testing waivers

There's something almost poetic about this: In the state where the high-stakes standardized testing era began under then-governor George W. Bush, a consortium of school districts is asking officials to grant them exemptions from state and federal testing requirements.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Standardized Testing, State and Federal Sought

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013

The dangers of 'outsourcing' public education

For-profit companies taking over failing public schools in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Highland Park (MI), and other districts is one example. And cyber charter schools and blended schools run by for-profit companies are other examples. Note that no middle-class and upper-middle-class suburbs or exurbs seek out private contractors to run their schools. The phenomenon is localized in poor and minority schools that fail to make academic progress. Larry Cuban explains the consequences of this phenomenon.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/04/2013

What Virginians should know about Teach For America

It was only a matter of time before the Republican governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, would welcome Teach For America program into his state. Here's what Virginians should know.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America, Things To Know

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Charter school ruled private entity for labor relations

The question of just how public charter schools really are has been further muddied by a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board in a case involving a Chicago charter school. Here's what happened.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

The Hobbit: A Common Core literature unit falls short

The Hobbit: A Common Core literature unit falls short

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 01/03/2013

NYU's 2 1/2-week for-credit winter term (where you can study 'Jersey Shore')

It's not too late to sign up for New York University's two-week January term, where visiting and already-enrolled students can enroll in business, arts and sciences courses and earn up to four college credits. The course selections are interesting.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:34 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Degrees, Variety of Courses

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Questions about school closings

Here is a letter sent to Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, asking important questions about the process being used to determine which public schools to close.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2013

New College Board chief cites 'problems' with SAT

Guess who thinks there's more than one problem with the SAT? David Coleman, the man who was recently selected to run the organization that owns the SAT, says he has issues withthe essay section. Here's a look at Coleman and what else he said.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, College Board, Expect Changes in Test, SAT, Sees 'Revision'

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Why schools used to be better

It's one of the ironies of education reform that despite wave after wave, schools are seen by many as in worse shape as before all the changes. Here's a look at why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013

House Republicans like Indiana for education panel (update)

The Republicans have chosen their lineup for the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 113th Congress, and it turns out that Indiana took top honors in terms of number of seats. Here's the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Education Policy, House committee members selected, The List

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Judges look at whether charter schools are public

Charter schools are publicly funded but increasingly people are asking whether many of them more resemble private schools. Here's a look at how judges are viewing the subject.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Robbed

To start off the new year, here's a look at the problems that face public education from a veteran teacher and student advocate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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