The Education Gadfly Daily

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...
Liam Julian
One wonders: To laugh or to cry ? Break down test-score data by the ethnicity of Asian students?
The Education Gadfly
Phil Handy, former chairman, Florida State Board of Education; Lisa Graham Keegan, former Arizona state superintendent; Virginia Walden Ford, executive director, D.C. Parents for School Choice; Townsend McNitt, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education; Frank Riggs, former member of...
Cleveland can be a tough place, what with its harsh winters and difficult economic times. Its education politics aren't especially welcoming, either; Cleveland is home to one of the most restrictive teachers union contracts in the country, for example. So it's doubly heartening to see the district...

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