The Education Gadfly Daily

Here in D.C., the politics of education reform seem tame compared to what our Fordham team in Ohio faces, a point made clear in this Columbus Education Association interview with Governor Ted Strickland. In outlining his "6 point plan" on education, Strickland continues the attack on charter...
Senator Barack Obama appeared on Fox News Sunday and (among other things) spoke of his school reform bona fides. Chris Wallace asked him to name an issue where he'd be willing to buck the Democratic Party, and Obama pointed to education: I've been very clear about the fact--and sometimes I've...
In his appearance yesterday on Fox News , Obama said that "I've been very clear about the fact... that we should be experimenting with charter schools." Actually, he hasn't been very clear about that fact, at least during this campaign. (He was a well-known charter supporter during his Illinois...
If states and school districts based layoff decisions on merit, and not seniority, we wouldn't have to read about ridiculous situations like this . See our report on collective bargaining agreements by Rick Hess and Coby for our reasoning on why the "last hired, first fired" rule should be...
While most Americans think per-pupil spending in public schools is lower than it really is , many new immigrants think Catholic school tuition is higher than it really is. So said an official at Chicago's Big Shoulders Fund on Friday at a session Fordham sponsored with the Heartland Institute to...
Congrats to Davida Gatlin, a member of our first class of Fordham Fellows, whose report on alternative certification was released by the Center for American Progress today. And a good report it is, and not just because it cites Fordham's (and NCTQ's) Alternative Certification Isn't Alternative...
In today's Wall Street Journal , Checker wishes A Nation at Risk a happy twenty-fifth .
The website RateMyProfessors.com has been the subject of much criticism as it has grown in popularity. For instance, a professor from Central Michigan University ran some numbers and found that "the hotter and easier professors are, the more likely they'll get rated as a good teacher." Inside...
Left unspoken* at yesterday's White House summit on faith-based schools was whether the idea of religious charter schools has any merit. Of course, this is no surprise. There are enough opponents of charter schools, of vouchers, and of any co-mingling of church and state, that direct funding for...
Liam Julian
Ed school professor Brad Olsen writes in the San Francisco Chronicle that "we don't much hear from, or about, teachers' experiences in--and perspectives on--what's happening in schools these days." Really???Just yesterday we published in The Gadfly this item , about a teacher who thinks "...

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