The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools (Florida), the 22nd largest district in the country,?? today??announced his resignation . After years of controversy, the district just released ??zoning maps for its??new student assignment plan, which doesn't take race into account when...
From a column in today's Detroit News : The teachers at Alain Locke Senior High School in south-central Los Angeles' troubled Watts neighborhood were fed up. They were sick of their 50-percent-plus dropout rate. They were sick of gang violence. They were especially sick of their district...
Liam Julian
Catholic school teachers may feel called to their profession by a higher power, but??they're also called to??higher salaries .
Liam Julian
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that almost "nine in 10 public elementary school parents in Jefferson County [Kentucky] say it's important to bring together students from different races and backgrounds to learn." (The Supreme Court ruled last year that Jefferson County may very rarely, if...
USA Today 's Richard Whitmire turns in a provocative thumbsucker at Politico on John McCain, his (still to be fleshed out) education platform, and his top education aide (and former rodeo star ) Lisa Graham Keegan. To the dismay of many education writers (not to mention Ed in '08 ), Whitmire...
Today's "daily article" from First Things --one of the preeminent Catholic journals in the country--provides a great write-up of Fordham's Catholic schools report . Every generation lives off the cultural inheritance of its predecessors. Among that inheritance for today's American Catholics is a...
It might not be The Wire (apologies to our friends at Quick and the Ed ), but yesterday HBO announced plans to air an edu-documentary this summer: Hard Times at Douglas High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card .
Liam Julian
Ben Bernanke and some around our office suggest that teaching more about finance in American public schools may have prevented our current economic crisis. ( What crisis? ) I'm unconvinced, and Free exchange, the Economist 's blog, points out that others are, too .
Liam Julian
Looks like the fine citizens of Waterbury, Connecticut, are not yet flitting through Flypaper. Otherwise, I'm sure district leaders there would have thought thrice before doling out dollars to students who pass AP tests. Paying students for tests: another day arrives, another place tries it...
Liam thinks that if paying students to pass AP tests worked, "wouldn't we know it by now?" Yes, we would, and we do, and it does .

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