The Education Gadfly Daily

Review of a remarkable book about a remarkable urban school defying all the odds in Dayton.
We take a look at the hubbub over Fordham's recent voucher toolkit with an Ohio insider's view.
The rumor around the water coolers in D.C. is that President Obama plans to mention the Common Core State Standards in his State of the Union Address next week—for the third year running. He should reconsider, for three reasons. First, it will feed the narrative that Common Core is, in fact, a...
A first look at today's most important education news: The Cato Institute launches the “ Public Schooling Battle Map ,” an attempt to record and categorize the battles that have occurred around public education since 2005. (Cato) Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines his education priorities while...
A first look at today's most important education news: Kansas’s NCLB waiver was put on “high risk” back in August, due to the delays in implementing a teacher-evaluation system linked to student growth . The state plans to ask for an extension of the May 1st deadline with “wording that is (maybe)...
Two months ago, a group of Catholic university professors signed a letter urging Catholic bishops and diocesan school leaders to reject the Common Core. “We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” they argued. …we are convinced that...
One of education reform’s best attributes is its sense of urgency about doing better for kids. This field is not one for the complacent. But our earnestness can come across as antagonistic. To say “we must do better” implies something unflattering about the ways things are. Since there are lots of...
A recent study examined whether gifted programs benefit students at the margin: those who barely “made the cut” for admission into a program and those who barely missed it. The study found that students in both subsets performed approximately equally on standardized tests a couple years after...
In his press conference introducing Carmen Fariña as New York City’s next schools chancellor, Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested that he had picked her over several other candidates because she was on the same page with him in opposing his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s education reforms. Most of the...
Yesterday’s column by George Will condemning Common Core is a very bad sign for the standards’ advocates. I suspect that many Common Core backers on the political left either don’t know much about George Will or reflexively dismiss him because he’s a conservative. As a general matter, that’s a...

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