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The Fallacy of Being Against Last In, First Out

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

It is time to stop using this system of last in, first out as a way to bash teachers. It is hypocritical and specious.

No Leeches Left Behind

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

"Value-added" evaluations, or judging teachers by scores of their students, is highly questionable. Day by day, it appears as dubious as bloodletting.

'Discussion' About Ed Reform is Just like a Political Ad... Maybe Worse

Brian Crosby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Crosby

The current blitz about ed reform just might give political ads some competition when it comes to shallowness.

Joel Klein Pushes For Controversial NY Teacher Ratings To Be Released

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The battle over teacher effectiveness data rages on in New York City, where the United Federation of Teachers is currently embroiled in a court battle...

Debate Over Value-Added Teacher Ratings Hits New York City

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

Regardless of what the court decides on November 24, the idea of holding teachers accountable for student performance seems here to stay.

Michelle Rhee Stay Away from my Door

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

With a higher testing bar, more rigorous national standards underway, and little instructional direction, New York needs someone who can do more than crack the whip on teachers.

MSNBC's Education Nation Meant Nothing

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stanton Peele

During its education week, Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie, presented the ubiquitous Arne Duncan with some obvious doubts about this whole Education Nation enterprise.

Wagging my Finger While my Boss Wags the dog

Julie Cavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Cavanagh

I can only hope that wagging my finger at Mr. Klein while he wags the metaphorical dog might bring a level of awareness that could stop the misinformation madness that is causing the miseducation of our youth.

Waiting for 'Accountability-Man'

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

School accountability runs in only one direction. When we weren't looking, those at the top were apparently given "get out of accountability free" cards.

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

After Failing in the Big Apple, Bloomberg and Klein Should Stop Lecturing the Nation on Schools

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

We can't re-run the election, but the least we should expect from the Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein is to have the decency to stop spreading the fiction of a "New York Miracle" that simply never happened.

Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein, And More Pen Manifesto On How To Fix America's Schools

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As educators, superintendents, chief executives and chancellors responsible for educating nearly 2 1/2 million students in America, we know that the t...

PARTICIPATE: Arianna & 'Waiting For Superman' Creators Host Virtual Town Hall On U.S. Education

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Arianna Huffington will moderate a virtual town hall on Friday, featuring "Waiting For 'Superman' " Director Davis Guggenheim, Producer Lesley Chilcot...

Visiting Schools is a Full-Time Job!

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

The search for quality high school options in a city where the supply can't possibly meet the demand is an arduous one, fraught with obstacles and uncertainty.

Did New York Allow Superman to Pass us by?

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

Everyone seems to be waiting for Superman, and that includes New York's mayor Mike Bloomberg and his schools chancellor, Joel Klein.

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.

Yes We Need Great Teachers! But Vague, Emotional Rhetoric Can Be Counterproductive

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

By making Waiting For Superman, Guggenheim should assume responsibility for the reforms he's pressing. I don't doubt his earnestness, but his recommendations are vague and can promote untested, potentially dangerous initiatives.

Bloomberg and Klein Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

When New York State reconfigured scoring guidelines to make standardized tests better predictors of student academic performance, passing rates plummeted, especially for Black and Latino students.

Rage Against the Machine: Why We Should Be Skeptical About Standardized Test Scores

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Snider

The educational decisions now made in part on standardized test scores are neither few nor inconsequential. This is hardly about who gets a sticker for a job well done.

Our Kids' Progress Should Be Encouraged, Not Disparaged

Natalie Ravitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Natalie Ravitz

Former Assistant Sec. of Education Diane Ravitch has made it her mission to attack Mike Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. It is easy to hurl insults from the sidelines. It's much harder to change the status quo.

Why Did Nicole Suriel Die?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The death of Nicole Suriel was a tragedy and an accident. But it was made more likely because the school system does not respect the importance of administrators who are educational leaders rather than middle managers.

High School Graduation Speeches

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The Bloomberg-Klein machine that is destroying the New York City public school system has made some powerful enemies, including students from University Heights High School.

Why the Anger at Closing Bad Schools?

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sarah Garland

School closings have sparked anger in African-American communities before. In the 1960s and '70s, during school desegregation, hundreds of schools in black neighborhoods were closed.

Rubber Rooms: Gone From New York City, But Alive Elsewhere?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Justin Snider

Monday, June 28th, was the final day of the 2009-10 school year in New York City, which means the city's infamous "rubber rooms" also closed their doors. For good.

NYC's Strategy for Shutting Schools Leaves Some Students Lost in Transition

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Willen

An eerie silence pervades the cavernous hallways as Samuel J. Tilden High School prepares to graduate its final class. After 80 years, the hulking Brooklyn institution is closing.