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Entries by Tom Vander Ark from 04/2009

Incentives for Equitable Education

| Posted 04.06.2009 | Politics

The US Education Department will soon be writing checks totaling more than $100 billion to states and districts. The success of Obama's first term hinges on how this money is spent.

Innovation Fund Will Not Promote Innovation

| Posted 04.07.2009 | Politics

The $650 million portion of the US Education Department's stimulus bill supposedly devoted to innovation was written with three fatal flaws.

Reconciliation on Poverty Bay

| Posted 04.12.2009 | Healthy Living

Poverty Bay is a quiet elbow of the Puget Sound north of Tacoma. Twelve foot tides leave their mark twice daily. Herons guard the beach with air su...

Bloomberg and Urban Mayors Should Control Schools

| Posted 04.21.2009 | Politics

School districts are a strange American anachronism -- no other country delivers public education through local authorities. This historical remnant is completely ineffective in urban America.

Simple kindness

| Posted 04.23.2009 | Healthy Living

I come from a line of people committed to service. Yesterday we gathered to celebrate my grandmother's 96 years of service. Her house spelled of b...

Can Economic Development & Social Justice Coexist?

| Posted 04.27.2009 | Politics

A friend asked, "Can economic development and social justice be achieved simultaneously?" I think the answer is, "Yes, they always develop together b...