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Race to the Top

Ravitch's Reign vs. Rhee's Radical: Fact vs. Fiction

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

The biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction.

Will Technology Save Public Education?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

America doesn't have a public education crisis. Rather, it has a poverty crisis that manifests itself in the self-perpetuating educational vicious cycle in which most poor children, that is to say, black and Hispanic children, are caught and can't escape.

I Would Be Mad, Too

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Unfortunately, the degree to which the policy agenda advanced by Race to the Top has driven educators to take unprecedented actions against their own leaders is not unique in Tennessee. Indeed, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should have anticipated problems.

Ravitch to the Rescue

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

How did parents lose the right to educate our own children or, at least, have a meaningful role to play in our school districts? How can we reclaim this right? Enter Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian and theorist of education policy.

Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Achievement gaps are not the real culprit. Rather, they are symptoms of the true problem: an underlying set of opportunity gaps.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

If Massachusetts was a Country

Alan Singer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

It appears that in Massachusetts, educational reform does not mean vouchers for private schools, closing poorly performing schools, eliminating tenure for teachers, merit pay, and replacing public schools with privately operated charters.

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

States Offered More Time To Ignore Education Law

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- States can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Depart...

Back to Basics on the Question of Labor

David Coates | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
David Coates

How a society organizes and rewards work is a central and core element in its overall character. We mustn't think about labor just once a year. We need to think about it, and its needs, all the time.

What Does a Common Core/Danielson Lesson Plan Look Like?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Is Common Core required? Are teachers being evaluated based on Common Core? What does a Common Core/Danielson lesson plan look like? The answers to these questions are both simple and complicated.

The Biggest Fallacy of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Across the nation, our schools are suffering from budget cuts. As more money is allocated to testing and accountability, less money is available for the essential programs and services that all schools should provide. Our priorities are confused.

Deck Chairs on the Titanic Failure of American Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The shift from the wrong-headed policies of No Child Left Behind to the new Common Core and its tests is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic failure of education in America.

The Body Snatchers Are Running Education Reform

Marc Epstein | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

The ongoing expansion of the federal government's takeover of education, dictating the day-to-day terms, by which local public schools are run, has spread with the speed of the Kudzu plant in Georgia.

What's Missing From Common Core Is Education for Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Democracy requires that Americans see themselves as citizens, not just consumers or employees. Common Core, by ignoring the fundamental values that make democracy possible, does education and the United States a tremendous disservice.

It Is Time to March on Washington Again!

Alan Singer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Between 200,000 and 300,00 people, more than 75 percent of whom were African-American, gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The Brave New World of High-Stakes Testing

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

As we continue to see the impact high-stakes testing has had on our youth, especially youth of color, it's hard to say that lessons from this cautionary tale from the 1930s don't still apply today.

Why Tests Should Not Be Used to Measure Teacher Performance

Jack Jennings | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Jack Jennings

Evaluating teachers should be a comprehensive scheme that uses a number of factors, but it should not rely heavily on deeply flawed student test results. Our teachers -- and students -- deserve better.

Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

As we Race to the Top and offer states "flexibility" on NCLB, evidence continues to mount that our efforts to improve educational outcomes are focused on the wrong problem.

Silent Fall

Arnold Dodge | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Arnold Dodge

As we close out a year that saw an unprecedented incursion of standardization and business-model accountability in our schools, we wonder about the future. When will we say enough is enough?

The Piece Movement

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

As we race to the top in education let the race include all of our pieces, in connection and partnership.

The Dream Deferred

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Tens of millions of Americans turned out to vote for a New New Deal in 2008. We turned out to vote against the nefarious budget-slashing of Mitt Romney in 2012. And what did we get?

Time to Stop Waiting for Superman

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.20.2013 | DC
Jason Stanford

There was no DC miracle. Browbeating students and teachers into raising scores on state tests only makes them better at taking state tests, and reforming our schools in hopes of replicating an illusion is a petty crime against humanity.

Why Obama Should Design Green Building Certifications

Avi Yashchin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Avi Yashchin

Is it appealing to the greatest number of building owners while maintaining tough standards? Is it achieving the scale needed to tackle our urgent environmental challenges?

The Solution to a Bad Guy With a Test Is a Good Guy With a Test

Arnold Dodge | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Arnold Dodge

Arne Duncan demonstrates a breathtaking lack of awareness about the effects of Race to the Top (RTTT). Far from being chastened by what is going on in schools around the country, the Secretary is doubling down on his test-driven offensive. A look at some of the things he said is eye opening.