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Bob Wise
Bob Wise is the President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.

Entries by Bob Wise

House and Senate Taking Up NCLB Rewrite This Week Could Result In Leftover Fireworks for Federal Education Policy

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:28 PM

This could be the most momentous week in federal education policy in the thirteen years since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) became law. The fact that the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up a major rewrite of NCLB is historic in and of it itself. No new version or...

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What Does "Where's Waldo" Have in Common With the Nation's Main Education Law?

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 2:04 PM

When my children were much younger, I loved playing "Where's Waldo" with them, trying to find the character in the distinctive hat amidst a confusing mass of other figures. They have grown, and now I play "Where's ESEA?"

This week marks what probably will be a three-week hiatus for...

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Common Core Proponents Were Motivated by Inadequate State Standards, Not Gates Money

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The June 8 Washington Post article on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's role in supporting the adoption of the Common Core State Standards was like watching someone recalling a piece of classical music: they hum a few bars of memorable music, but miss the overall symphony. The...

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Listening to the Public's Concerns About Big Data

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:00 PM

On March 19, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, gave the following presentation to school district technology leaders at the Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

In the next two years, the future of truly personalized learning...

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FCC Action to Expand Broadband in Schools and Libraries Can Improve Educational Outcomes for All Students

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:56 AM

Education in the United States took a large step into the digital age February 5 when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC will double funding for the federal "E-Rate" program to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students to high-speed broadband over the next two...

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MOOC-Eds Bring Professional Development Into the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:55 PM

In a time of financial cutbacks, schools and districts have slashed professional development budgets at an alarming rate despite new education standards and assessments and increased demands on teachers and students. Instead of waiting with crossed fingers for a full economic recovery that will restore budgets, innovators in the education...

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Interstates and E-rates

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:06 PM

The Labor Day weekend is fast disappearing in my memory's rear view window, but the traffic experience of a three-mile stretch of barely moving vehicles on I-95 is still vivid. As I crawled through this traffic jam, I couldn't help but draw parallels between the interstate highway system and technology...

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All Students Can Meet the Deeper Learning Bar Set by Common Core

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:50 PM

This post was cowritten by Robert Lenz, cofounder and chief executive officer of Envision Schools, and Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.

Tiana Alba-Lanzerin was not destined for academic success. Her parents never graduated from high school, and all her brothers...

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Providing All Students With a Quality Education Is a Moral -- and Economic -- Necessity

(23) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 7:31 PM

As President Obama and the U.S. Congress wrestle with deficit reduction and seek a long-term solution for robust economic growth, I encourage them not to overlook the positive economic impact of a quality and equitable education for all students. By addressing the large gaps in high school graduation rates between...

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Technology in Education: Before You Make a Purchase, Make a Plan

(18) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:45 PM

If you're a school or district leader who is considering using education technology and digital learning in your schools, stop.

Technology can play a huge role in boosting student achievement, but simply slapping a netbook on top of a textbook is not enough. Before making a technology purchase, school and...

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The American Dream: Creating Tomorrow's Workers Starts With Fixing Student Aid Today

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:07 PM

In today's globalized workforce, finding a good job and realizing the American Dream requires some form of education after high school. While the federal government has helped millions of students access higher education, it hasn't maximized return on its investment because too many students drop out before earning a degree....

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Opening Windows for Learners and Educators Worldwide

(13) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In building his tiny "Hole in the Wall," Sugata Mitra tears down major structures of traditional educational thinking while using his prize-winning TEDTalk to lay...

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Boosting Graduation Rates

(3) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Last Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a call to boost college graduation rates across the country and meet President Obama's goal of the United States having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. A key component of reaching that goal is graduating more students from...

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How Cutting Teen Dropout Rates Could Stimulate the Economy

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 5:22 PM

Recently, President Obama had this to say: "This is a problem we cannot afford to accept and we cannot afford to ignore. The stakes are too high -- for our children, for our economy, and for our country."

Was he talking about defense or national security? No. Was he talking...

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