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The NEA's 'New Professionalism'

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 11:14 AM

A year and a half ago, Dennis Van Roekel, president of the 3.2-million-member National Education Association (NEA), asked an independent panel of highly accomplished teachers to create a bold, new vision for their profession and then recommend what the NEA should do to make that vision a reality.

Van Roekel...

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A Sensible Solution to Student Loan Debt

(42) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 2:01 PM

The college class of 2010 now has a dubious distinction. Its graduates who had student loans owed a record-high average of $25,250, up 5.2 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the Project on Student Debt, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Last month,...

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Snatching Defeat From the Mouth of Victory

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 3:18 PM

"Let's take the politics out of education." In my many years observing and writing about American education I've probably heard variants of that phrase hundreds of times. It's naïve, of course. We look to the political process to fairly divide up scarce resources. (That's what the current battle over the...

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Atlanta's Lessons on Standards and Cheating

(30) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 11:13 AM

In a 2009 interview after she was chosen as National Superintendent of the Year, former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall was adamant that "all of our kids have to be educated to high standards" regardless of their backgrounds. "I'm very passionate about trying to get people to step out of...

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All B.A.s Are Worth It. Some More Than Others.

(7) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 12:21 PM

The report (PDF), "What's it Worth: the Economic Value of College Degrees," Georgetown University put out last week on the earnings of college graduates, based on their majors, likely prompted some frank Memorial Day weekend discussions between parents and their soon-to-be freshmen about the wonderful lives that petroleum...

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Choosing the Right Superintendent

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 12:48 PM

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought on Cathleen Black as schools chancellor last fall, he seemed to do so as casually as you'd line up a partner for a last-minute doubles tennis match. Whatever reason he might have had for choosing the publishing executive, Bloomberg didn't share it...

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