The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
The quest to raise graduation rates??is on (see here and here ). This should help .
The pontiff is still in the middle of his speech to Catholic educators (which, as predicted, is mostly a soft-spoken smack down of Catholic colleges and universities gone astray). But we're pretty sure he said a few helpful things about the tragedy of inner-city schools closing at an alarming rate...
Last week we asked, ??? Who Will Save America's Urban Catholic Schools? ??? Pope Benedict XVI offered his thoughts in today's address to Catholic educators : The Catholic community here has in fact made education one of its highest priorities. This undertaking has not come without great sacrifice...
What to make of Pope Benedict XVI's comments about Catholic schools ? Here are a few thoughts. First, note that he described ???contribut[ing] generously to the financial needs of our institutions??? as ???a highly commendable opportunity for the entire Catholic community.??? Translation: Bishops...
Liam Julian
Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools (Florida), the 22nd largest district in the country,?? today??announced his resignation . After years of controversy, the district just released ??zoning maps for its??new student assignment plan, which doesn't take race into account when...
From a column in today's Detroit News : The teachers at Alain Locke Senior High School in south-central Los Angeles' troubled Watts neighborhood were fed up. They were sick of their 50-percent-plus dropout rate. They were sick of gang violence. They were especially sick of their district...
Liam Julian
Catholic school teachers may feel called to their profession by a higher power, but??they're also called to??higher salaries .
Liam Julian
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that almost "nine in 10 public elementary school parents in Jefferson County [Kentucky] say it's important to bring together students from different races and backgrounds to learn." (The Supreme Court ruled last year that Jefferson County may very rarely, if...
USA Today 's Richard Whitmire turns in a provocative thumbsucker at Politico on John McCain, his (still to be fleshed out) education platform, and his top education aide (and former rodeo star ) Lisa Graham Keegan. To the dismay of many education writers (not to mention Ed in '08 ), Whitmire...
Today's "daily article" from First Things --one of the preeminent Catholic journals in the country--provides a great write-up of Fordham's Catholic schools report . Every generation lives off the cultural inheritance of its predecessors. Among that inheritance for today's American Catholics is a...

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