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Who Elected Bill Gates?

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Who elected Bill Gates and gave him control of a national treasure, our public schools? Would someone please suggest that he return to the corporate world?

Arne Duncan and Bill Gates -- Dumb and Dumber

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Pay teachers more to teach more students, each of which would get less attention and and a lower quality of education? Talk about paying more for less.

Open Season: Iowa Schools Compete For Enrollment With Ads

Des Moines Register | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Iowa schools usually compete for basketball titles and top test scores this time of year. Now they're battling each other for students, too. Driven b...

Lessons From Finland and Asia About Real Education Reform

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

The Finns "trust teachers" and allow them to "design their own courses, using a national curriculum as a guide."

Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as "defenders of the status quo." Nothing could be further from the truth.

A Public School Teacher Shops Around for a Private School

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I gave her a few pieces of advice, which I now pass on to you if you are entertaining the private sector for your student. It is, after all, that time of year when applications are due.

The Class Size Debate: Does Student To Teacher Ratio Really Matter?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The debate rages on: does decreasing the number of students in a classroom improve learning? CNN's Ali Velshi invited two guests to square off on the...

It's Been Said Before

Linda Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Linda Silverman

I know I am writing the same thing I, and others like me have written time and time again. These kids need small classes and individual attention.

No Tenure for Bedbugs

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

I suggest before Cathie Black gets rid of teachers, she get rid of bedbugs and do so with extreme prejudice.

The Best and Worst Education Events of 2010

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Here are my choices for the best and worst education events of the past year; what are yours?

Bloomberg, Cathie Black, Bill Gates, and the Condescension of the Oligarchy

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

The oligarchy of corporate reformers and billionaires that is currently driving education policy in this country has launched a sharp attack on the whole concept of professionalism in the field of public education.

After Dropping For Decades, Class Sizes On The Rise

Education Week | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

After dropping for decades, average class sizes in American schools may be growing again as schools cope with budget shortfalls. Although some educat...

Open Letter to Bill Gates from a Public School Parent

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

As a parent with children in public schools, as someone who is the product of both private and public schools and an international education, I hope Bill Gates will consider my thoughts.

The 7 Myths of Class Size Reduction -- And the Truth

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

If education is really the civil rights issue of our era, it is about time those people making policies for our schools begin to provide for other people's children what they provide for their own.

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.

Small Classes Are a Luxury We Can No Longer Afford

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Justin Snider

Smaller classes aren't the smartest investment we can make. They're a bit like flying first class: lovely if you're flush with cash, but by no means necessary to arrive at your desired destination.

Parents shut out: the Obama administration's approach to education reform

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonie Haimson

I just published an opinion piece in Education Week, co-authored with Julie Woestehoff of Chicago's Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) e...

California's Bad News Budget Threatens Education Reform

Ramon Cortines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ramon Cortines

California's budget woes threaten an opportunity for systemic and long-lasting school reform, always a challenge but even more so when the unpredictable cuts keep coming, month after month.

Job Search, Teacher Style

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Maya Cueva Youth Radio profiles a rece...

Class Size Reduction Funds Slashed In CA Budget

California Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

For the first time since the program began 14 years ago, a California governor is planning on spending significantly less on California's popular, but...

Bloomberg's Original Campaign Promises: How'd He Do?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

Bloomberg recently claimed to have fulfilled nearly all of his original campaign promises when it comes to education. But guess what? There are some promises he left out of his checklist.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: What Our Schools Really Need

Susan Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Kane

As millions of kids headed back to school this month, many parents, teachers, and administrators had a lot to think about. Things like, will there actually be enough seats in the ballooning classes?

What Frank McCourt Could Teach Joel Klein and Arne Duncan

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

He also went on at some length about how elected officials and top administrators never listen to teachers, but unfortunately by that time, all of those who had been there, including Joel Klein, had left the room.

The Banana Republic of NYC Public Schools

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

Here in New York City, we are living in a banana republic known as Bloomberg, Inc. This sad reality is most apparent when it comes to our public schools.

Jonathan Alter Joins the Teacher-Scapegoating Chorus: I'm Calling BS

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Obsessive focus on cleaning house and demanding expecting superhuman performance misses a larger point.