The Education Gadfly Daily

Oops, he did it again. Eric Owens, the infamous Daily Caller “reporter” who has never seen a silly math problem he wasn’t willing to ascribe to the Common Core (the truth be damned !), has published yet another howler deploring a math problem purportedly of Common Core lineage. But this time he...
Yesterday, I jokingly tweeted that since today would be a snowy Friday before a holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Education would probably release SIG data. (They’ve executed numerous SIG-related “ Friday afternoon trash dumps ” in an attempt to minimize the field’s attention to this failed—...
Nothing helps pass the time better when you’re snowed in than some high-quality edu-reading. Here’s some of the best stuff I’ve come across recently. Public Impact has produced a very good and very important report on “ extraordinary authority districts ,” entities like Louisiana’s Recovery School...
Efforts at a common, one-stop school-application process, a.k.a. “universal enrollment,” are underway for the first time in Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey , and are under consideration in Philadelphia . Universal enrollment is already up and running in New Orleans and Denver, as well. The...
Over the past eight years, New Orleans students have achieved what few previously thought was possible. In her recent Atlantic article on charter-school discipline policies in New Orleans , Meredith Simons recognizes these gains, noting that “ New Orleans’s graduation rate has surpassed the state’s...
For a couple weeks now, I’ve been obsessing over this map. It’s the product of a remarkable research project that collected and analyzed the incomes of the thirty-year olds who were born between 1980 and 1982. The map shows, by small geographic areas, the likelihood that a child born into the...
A first look at today's most important education news: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that he will formalize his policy on charging charter schools rent . Meanwhile, state officials say they would consider pulling back some building aid if the city appears to turn a profit on space used by charter...
If you want to understand why supporters of the Common Core are frustrated—OK, exasperated—by some of our opponents’ seemingly unlimited willingness to engage in dishonest debate, consider this latest episode. On Monday, EAG News published an article entitled, “ Common Core math question for sixth...
With thirty-two cities across the nation placing more than 20 percent of their students in charter schools, it is clear that chartering has changed the face of urban education. But what about students from rural areas? Do charters have the potential to boost their achievement, too? And what...
Greg Weiner
This is a cliché by now, but the public schools where I live are producing test takers: pretty good ones, as far as the numbers show. At parent night at the beginning of the school year, we were introduced to a curricular program explicitly built around “assessments”—the new euphemism, I gather;...

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