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Race to the Top

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

Six States Get Major Early Learning Grants

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six states were announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs f...

Race To The Top Winners Receive Millions

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is sending $120 million directly to five groups of schools to help them train teachers and give s...

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

What's Good for Microsoft Turns Out to Be Bad for Public Schools -- and Microsoft

David Morris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
David Morris

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.

New York's Secret Educational Policy Makers

Alan Singer | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The "Regents Research Fund" fellows are a private think tank embedded in the public education department that is defining education for New York's 3.1 million public school students.

Why Do We Treat Schools Like Sports Teams?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

It seems to me that we are thinking about children, teachers, and schools the same way we think about sports teams. In every league, there are winners and losers. But what if we thought of schools as if they were akin to families?

Can Educational Innovations Go To National Scale?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In conversations about evidence-based reform, I often hear the objection that "we don't really know how to take proven innovations to scale" or that...

"Open Letter to Parents About Testing" From New York State School Principals

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Since Barack Obama and Arne Duncan are parents as well as government officials, I hope they make time to read the letter and to respond. I signed the online letter; maybe they will also and stop the testing madness mandated by Race to the Top.

What Went Wrong With Colorado's Amendment 66?

Michael Lombardo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Michael Lombardo

Voters are clearly willing to make investments in education; we just have to frame those investments in the right way and make it clear how their community is going to be measurably different if the dollars are spent.

Professing and Parenting to the Test: Education Reform and the Testing Madness

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan A. Aja

Deceptive and inaccurate right-wing films like Waiting for Superman don't help either, placing teacher unions as the primary explanatory variables of poor student achievement, while hailing charters as the panacea of all things public education.

Why Students Benefit When Grown-ups Collaborate for Race to the Top

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sabina Bharwani

This dispute in New Jersey between the district and union falls in line with a national trend. Perhaps the most effective resolution is for the Obama administration to require unions to collaborate and remain active stakeholders in the full proposal process.

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.