Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.
Can Michelle Rhee wrest control of the D.C. school system from decades of failure?
Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty
Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms
Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week about Wake County, North Carolina, where voters earlier this month elected new school board members who have pledged to undo the county’s controversial policy of assigning students to schools based on income (to achieve diversity). Click here to get to the podcast.
It’s hard to tell whether Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee courts controversy or is merely dogged by it. Either way, Rhee once again finds herself in the thick of it, just as her school-improvement efforts are starting to take hold and Washington had begun to exhale over her stick-it-in-your-eye style.
Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 14) about education politics in Washington, D.C., where Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee recently fired 229 teachers.
Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?
Readers who have enjoyed Peter Meyer’s Ed Next blog entries about serving on his local school board (here, here, and here) should check out Peter’s Commentary in this week’s Ed Week: For Better Schools and for Civic Life, Boards Must Assert Power.
The other day I delivered to my school board president, via email, a list. “This is what I found in my ‘followup’ folder for just the last month!” I wrote. “Obviously, we can’t get it all in at a single meeting, but can we chip away at it?”
I recently got a wake-up call from a fellow school board member, upset about a comment I made to a reporter that turned up in a page-one story that morning. Was it a mistake? And should I have talked about it? To the press?
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Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise
I was the infamous “rogue” board member, the person that school board associations give seminars about.
For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.
The politics of education science
Newspaper editorialists support charter schools, split on NCLB
“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of […]
The 2008 presidential election stands as a “change” election. The public’s anxiety over the challenges globalization poses to the future of the American Dream is driving a desire for the country to change direction. The American people understand that what will give the nation a competitive advantage in a global marketplace are the skills, creativity, […]
Choice, accountability, and transparency will mean little without a new generation of school-based leaders to light the way
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