The Education Gadfly Daily

Amidst criticism over her principal firings, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has dismissed the principal of the school that her own kids attend .
The Center for Education Reform released an analysis of 2006 charter school funding , claiming that charters receive 39 percent less funding than district schools, on average. That's a huge, unfair difference, if it's true. But is it? Fordham's own such analysis three years ago found gaps that were...
Jeff Kuhner
New Jersey education officials have admitted that an African-American vice principal inappropriately punished 15 Hispanic elementary students in Camden. The principal forced the students in a fifth-grade bilingual class to spend a week eating their lunches while sitting on the gymnasium floor. This...
TO: Roy.Romer@edin08.com FROM: mpetrilli@edexcellence.net SUBJECT: The Big One Roy! Guv-nor! How's it going? Eli driving you crazy yet? Listen, I know it's been tough-sledding at Ed in '08 making education a top-tier issue in the election. Maybe the general will bring you better luck. But it's hard...
Liam Julian
Mike just passed along to me the June Atlantic (not yet available online), in which one finds an article titled "In the Basement of the Ivory Tower." It is a poignant piece, written by an adjunct professor whose night classes contain all those that society deems ready for college--who must go to...
Liam Julian
Two articles about charter schools in this week's Economist are online here (Chicago) and here (New York).
Liam Julian
Kevin Carey mercifully closes our debate , not by addressing ideas but by instead calling my specific impugning of unions "vague" and concluding that I suffer from an incurable anti-union ailment. (Alas, my doctor prescribed Zithromax, but it hasn't worked.) Liam then tries again to engage in some...
John Merrow, writing in today's Wall Street Journal , explains that "public education lives in an upside-down universe where student outcomes are not allowed to be connected to teaching." That's certainly the case in New York, where the state legislature recently passed a bill making it illegal for...
Liam Julian
How about Halo 3 in the classroom ?
Liam Julian
From The Tallahassee Democrat : "According to the Florida Department of Education, more students statewide are writing at or above grade level." (The results are here .) It's great that Florida continues to concentrate on improving its students' writing skills, but can FCAT writing scores really be...

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