The Education Gadfly Daily

According to David Brooks, among others, yesterday's victory in North Carolina and near-tie in Indiana means Senator Barack Obama is almost assured the Democratic nomination. Now it's time for the general election pivot, Brooks argues : Obama has a much more liberal profile than he did several...
Liam Julian
In Australia's state of Victoria, teachers are about to receive a mammoth pay raise . But Kevin Donnelly, the Australian-education guru, doesn't like it . He sees lots of other problems that need remedying. Instead of a blanket pay increase, a real education revolution would focus on raising...
Education Sector just released a new survey, Waiting to be Won Over , by Farkas Duffett Research--a top-notch policy research firm that's done great work for Fordham in the past (and is working on a teacher survey of our own, due out later this year). It looks at teachers' views about various...
Birthday-boy Coby beat me to the punch , but here you go. Regarding the Absent Teacher Reserve controversy, Randi rants: "The chancellor should stop his grandstanding. The chancellor's ideology of simply wanting to fire people at whim-regardless of fairness, reasons for displacement or statutory/...
Greg Anrig is smart, eloquent and likable, as was his dad, whose memory I cherish. (His mom is pretty terrific, too.) But he's overhasty in declaring that the voucher movement has "stalled" and not until you get to the end of his long piece does he acknowledge the larger point, which is that school...
There's more on the Absent Teacher Reserve and rubber room controversies in New York City. In today's Daily News , Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and union head Randi Weingarten blame each other for the impasses, which will lead to budget cuts next year. Klein: "Those are dollars we could give to...
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will fire somewhere between 24 and 30 principals at the end of the school year, in large part because under the rules of NCLB she's required to restructure 27 chronically-failing schools. The head of the principals association, meanwhile, evidently finds it...
Sunday's Daily News revisits New York City's ridiculous "rubber room" policy , which was also featured a year ago in a Village Voice article. A taste: The roughly 700 workers accused of various wrongdoings collect their full salaries for spending seven hours a day in low-ceilinged, over-heated...
A group based in Dallas wanted to give schools in the state of Washington $13.2 million to strengthen their AP courses, but the plan fell through because state collective bargaining laws require that teacher pay be negotiated between unions and school districts. Here's more evidence that collective...
From the Boston Globe : Enrollment in the Dorchester Catholic schools, which had been falling for years, is now rising as a result of a decision by affluent Catholic business leaders to invest tens of millions of dollars refurbishing the schools, the Archdiocese of Boston said yesterday. A group of...

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