The Education Gadfly Daily

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...
In the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn picks up where Kathryn Jean Lopez left off , arguing that McCain could win African American votes from Obama (or Clinton) if he would take "this (school choice) campaign into the heart of our cities--and gave a little straight talk about the scandal that...
I can't comment with much authority on the legal details of the case, but if you're into ed policy surely it's worth knowing that " a federal judge has dismissed the last of four claims in Connecticut's challenge to the federal No Child Left Behind law ."
The Associated Press reports : A Coffee County High School substitute teacher has been arrested in what police say appears to be a scheme to bilk money from students promised a trip to Disney World. Police charged 39-year-old Christy Wise with theft by conversion after they say she collected more...

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