The Education Gadfly Daily

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...
Sunday's New York Times Magazine features an article on K-12 arts education . The piece sets out to refute Obama's evidently misleading claims that teaching the arts leads to improved student performance on standardized tests. There is indeed a correlation between, for example, how many years...
Checker writes about the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Nation at Risk in the Wall Street Journal and the Gadfly . He also talked about it last week on "America's Business with Mike Hambrick," a radio show associated with the National Association of Manufacturers: httpv:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
The upcoming issue of Education Next (which Fordham sponsors) reveals that "Almost 96 percent of the public underestimate either per-pupil spending in their districts or teacher salaries in their states." In fact, they vastly underestimate these figures: The average respondent surveyed in 2007...
Evidently Reverend Jeremiah Wright made some controversial statements about education and race last night. Over at The Corner, Byron York asks Checker for his take on the whole thing .
At The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez writes that we can help save our inner cities by saving faith-based schools. She rightly praises President Bush for using the "bully pulpit" at last week's White House summit to call education "one of the greatest civil-rights challenges," and to urge Congress to...
Jeff Kuhner
Linda Shaw wrote an interesting piece in last week's Seattle Times . Apparently, civil disobedience against the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is alive and well--at least, as embodied in Carl Chew, a 60-year-old science teacher who refuses to give the test to his sixth-graders at...

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