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Entries by Tom Vander Ark from 12/2009

Edu-innovation requires investment and incentives

| Posted 12.03.2009 | Politics

On Monday I attended an education technology conference--a few hundred people reviewing very simple education tools. On Wednesday I attended a milita...

Real parent involvement-the reset button

| Posted 12.05.2009 | Politics

"Parent involvement" in education often means "make your kid behave" and "donate to the PTA." Parent involvement is taking on a serious new role in L...

New York Improves its chances in the big Race

| Posted 12.16.2009 | Politics

Race to the Top strikes again! The mother of all grant programs has produced more reform than any grant program in history. And the feds haven't spe...

Fix or Replace the Dropout Factories

| Posted 12.19.2009 | Politics

EdWeek ran a useful commentary by friends from JFF and Johns Hopkins that outlined the range of challenges faced by states in fixing the roughly 2,000...

Edu-entrepreneurs are leading job growth

| Posted 12.23.2009 | Politics

The sun set at 4:22pm at latitude 47.3. It will set about a minute later tomorrow. The days are finally getting longer again. We also turned the ...

10 US Education Reformers That Will Impact 2010

| Posted 12.26.2009 | Politics

1. Arne Duncan is taking advantage of an unbelievably large budget and pushing a tough reform agenda targeting low-income kids and struggling schools....

Fix or Replace Federal Education Policy?

| Posted 12.30.2009 | Politics

K-12 education is a bigger part of the American economy than defense and while federal spending is a small proportion, federal legislation increasingly frames how it operates.