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The Five Percent Solution

Peter Greene | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
Peter Greene

Five percent. It's a figure that turns up again and again in reformster rhetoric, usually teamed up with the word "bottom." It has a fine long history, all the way back from June 2009. That was six years ago. Since then, the five percent have been cropping up regularly.

Talking Like a Pirate, DOE and Cory Haim Amuse

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Weird News
Dr. Abraham Froman

I received a news release today about a "leaked" memo from the U.S. Department of Education suggesting that PASL -- or Pirate As A Second Language -- might become part of the secondary curriculum that will be implemented across 44 U.S. states which have adopted the controversial Common Core standards.

Let's Focus on Improving Education for 'At Risk' Students

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
James M. Gentile

If education was an Olympic sport, you can bet there would be national outrage about such a relatively "poor showing," and no effort would be spared to find and train "better representatives" in the next international competition to carry our flag.

The Damage of 'Impossible Perfectionism'

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."

It's Not Cheating. It's Sabotage.

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 09.16.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In a warped sense, educators in places where testing "improprieties" took place should be thanked. They revealed the one thing education reformers fear most -- the system being used to dismantle public schools has an Achilles' heel.

The Night the Lights Went Out on Friday

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In two years or less my school district will not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and this in turn will begin the process that honest school reformers want -- the closing of my community's public-school system.

Classroom Teachers Collaborate With Arnie Duncan on Education Policy

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Cosgrove

For 30 days, during the first phase of The VIVA Project, hundreds of teachers from 27 states offered ideas on how they would direct federal funds to improve "teacher quality".

Obama White House: Grading Chicago Crew One Year Later

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After one year in office, NBC Chicago graded some key players in the Obama White House that happen to be from Chicago. How did they do? The jury is st...

Chicago Public Schools Face Massive Shakeups: 14 Schools Affected

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Storied Phillips High -- where Nat "King" Cole once walked the halls -- and basketball powerhouse Marshall High School are among 14 Chicago public sch...

Charter Schools: Time to Cull the Herd

Harold Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Harold Levy

Charter schools fail. That's big news coming from Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, a long time supporter of charters.