The Education Gadfly Daily

Which state ranks last of the fifty in fourth-grade math on the NAEP, last in eighth-grade reading on the NAEP, last in Education Week ’s Quality Counts report , and last in readiness for science and engineering? If you guessed Mississippi each time, either you’re up on your education stats or you...
Ohio is deeply mired in a dropout crisis, with more than 20,000 of its high-school students leaving school each year. A recent analysis found that 112,610 dropouts occurred between 2006 and 2010 in Ohio’s public-school system. It is absolutely crucial that the Buckeye State address dropouts, with...
The COMMENTARY blog is my absolute favorite, so I was more than a little crestfallen when I read Seth Mandel’s recent entry . “Wherever you stand on the Common Core,” he declared, “it can’t be good news for the program that it has begun to so resemble the disastrous process and rollout of this...
Frustration and misinformation on the Common Core State Standards abound. But two cheers for Fox News for featuring Fordham trustee Mike Kelly to set the record straight . Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Kelly not only quizzes Fox commentators on their math skills, but also makes it...
A first look at today's most important education news. In a letter issued to members of the House Budget Committee, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon claimed the education budget for the current fiscal year overestimates the revenue actually available. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, critics claim the $2.15...
Morgan Polikoff
Of all the current political threats to the Common Core, the most dangerous is the brewing backlash from the teachers' unions. To be sure, the GOP-Tea Party rebellion against federal intrusion is also threatening and holds the possibility of leading to repeal in several states. However, I don't...
The tough letter that senior House Republicans sent last week to Arne Duncan and Eric Holder should have been even tougher. For the “ guidance ” that their agencies issued to U.S. schools in the guise of improving school discipline can only make it harder for educators to create safe, serious, and...
Repeated failures of charter schools around Ohio seem endless; some hope may be around the corner.
School choice marketplace in one Columbus neighborhood, all in the name of urban stability.
A first look at today's most important education news: In South Carolina an Anti-Common Core bill was put on hold and members were given a week to consider a "compromise ”. Meanwhile Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers wrote a letter to state residents asking with them to put an end to a vote...

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