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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 "...
Liam Julian
Eduwonkette flatters us . Unfortunately, Mike can't carry a tune, and he's just too damn honest to lip-sync.
Liam Julian
Coby's latest spark --that students (or their parents) who rated their teachers online could provide useful feedback--is intriguing. He's right that such k-12 rating websites exist (see here ) but haven't reached a critical mass of users. Even if they did, though,??the whole idea has a major...
Liam Julian
Speaking of legal issues in schools.... According to Education Week : A federal appeals court has ordered an Illinois school district to allow a student to wear a T-shirt proclaiming "Be Happy, Not Gay" to protest a high school event meant to promote tolerance of gay students. First, one struggles...
Several people questioned my argument the other day that bad ideas tend to flow from higher education to our K-12 education system (e.g., here and here ). I would encourage ambitious readers find a way to access this longer piece by Checker and see if they still doubt the trickle-down theory. I...

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