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Louisiana Superintendent John White Now Chairs Jeb Bush's Seriously-Dwindling "Chiefs for Change"

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.10.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Louisiana Superintendent John White has just been made chair of Jeb Bush's privatizing-reform superintendent's club, Chiefs for Change. Now, that reads really fancy, until one notices that Jeb's little club is, well, little.

Why Rescue the Latest Failed 'Chief for Change'?

John Thompson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Tulsa's choice is doubly perplexing at a time when the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander, is crafting compromises that will undo the policies that coerced states into adopting value-added evaluations, and pulling the plug on the failed SIG that Gist promoted.

This State Education Commissioner REALLY Wants Kids To Read

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2013 | Good News

Rhode Island teachers and administrators are serious about reading. Last year, the principal of a Rhode Island elementary school ate a worm after t...

Twilight for Education Policy's Idols

Conor Williams | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

It's hard to notice when we've let our admiration for our favorite education prophets push us to intellectual dishonesty, but hard things are usually the things most worth doing.

POLL: Should Students Be Required To Pass An Exit Exam To Graduate?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

By 2012, three-quarters of the nation's schools will require students to pass a high school graduation test to earn a diploma. This growing trend has...