School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success
Writing last week in the Wall Street Journal, Diane Ravitch challenged resurgent Congressional Republicans to return K-12 education to “local control” and to repudiate and reverse the nationalizing/federalizing tendencies of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core standards, etc.
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL
Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City
How vouchers came to the Big Easy
Hispanic student success in Florida
Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.
When the snow falls, test scores also drop
Not as bad as it sounds
Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits
What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?
To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care
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?
California unions tame the Terminator