The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
Ben Stein is really doing himself a disfavor by promoting his new documentary thusly . He's in cahoots with the Discovery Institute , the not-so-hidden agenda of which is to lend scientific credibility to intelligent design and push it into schools. Woefully, the strategy seems to be working in...
So why did Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew turn down a principal's offer to work for a $1 salary ? As paraphrased by the Miami Herald , he said it was because "a position budgeted at $1 a year plus benefits could not be filled if [the principal] left before year's end." To which the principal,...
Liam Julian
When a school experiments with paying students for their good grades or attendance, as Coby suggests a school should if its leadership so chooses, it makes not simply a pedagogical or policy decision but an ethical one, too. Part of the trouble with handing out cash to 11-year-olds is that it puts...
Liam Julian
The New York Times offers a piece today about the progress of providing good??public??education in New Orleans. And this bill , backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and fighting its way through the state legislature, is promising.
No, not Reverend Wright, but our favorite ed school professor, Bill Ayers . * Friend of Barack Obama
It's too bad that Lucky Liam is spending a few days being a bon vivant in Montreal because it would have been fun to see his reaction to this story out of California. The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday on a school that would have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind...
We appreciate Eduwonk Andy's nice plug of our Catholic schools report , and agree with him that public funding should come in return for some "substantial reciprocal obligations on the part of parochial schools," which he says "they have thus far resisted." We suspect he means the release of test...
I don't like the way this debate is evolving .
An article in yesterday's Washington Post reports on Grover Whitehurst's efforts as founding director of the Institute of Education Sciences to improve the quality and impact of education research. The No Child Left Behind Act, in which the phrase "scientifically based research" appears 111 times,...
The Washington Post editors turn in a nice defense of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program today. As they point out, it will be tough to get Congress to approve the $18 million set aside for the program, especially considering the fierce opposition of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. But...

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