About Eduwonk & ES Media

About Eduwonk
ES Blog Editorial Policy
Education Sector
The Education Sector Digest
The Quick and the Ed

News Feeds & More



Reviews of Eduwonk.com

2007 Winner, Editor's Choice Best Education Blog
-- Performancing.com

2006 Winner, Best K-12 Administration Blog -- "Best of the Education Blog Awards"
-- eSchool News and Discovery Education

2006 Finalist, Best Education Blog
-- Weblog Awards

Least influential of education's most influential information sources.
-- Education Week Research Center

"unexpectedly entertaining"..."tackle[s] a potentially mindfogging subject with cutting clarity... they're reading those mushy, brain-numbing education stories so you don't have to!"
-- Slate's Mickey Kaus

"a very smart blog... [if] you're trying to separate the demagogic attacks on NCLB from the serious criticism, this is the site to read"
-- The New Republic's Ryan Lizza

"everyone who's anyone reads Eduwonk"
-- Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media's Richard Colvin

"full of very lively short items and is always on top of the news...He gets extra points for skewering my high school rating system"
-- Jay Mathews, The Washington Post

"a daily dose of information from the education policy world, blended with a shot of attitude and a dash of humor"
-- Education Week

"designed to cut through the fog and direct specialists and non-specialists alike to the center of the liveliest and most politically relevant debates on the future of our schools"
-- The New Dem Daily

"peppered with smart and witty comments on the education news of the day"
-- Education Gadfly

"don't hate Eduwonk cuz it's so good"
-- Alexander Russo, This Week In Education

"the morning's first stop for education bomb-throwers everywhere"
-- Mike Antonucci, Intercepts

"…the big dog on the ed policy blog-ck…"
-- Michele McLaughlin, AFT Blog

"I check Eduwonk several times a day, especially since I cut back on caffeine"
-- Joe Williams, fallen journalist, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform

"...one of the few bloggers who isn't completely nuts"
-- Mike Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

"I have just three 'go to' websites: The Texas Legislature, Texas Longhorn sports, and Eduwonk"
-- Sandy Kress, former education advisor to President Bush and former chairman, Dallas Board of Education

"penetrating analysis in a lively style on a wide range of issues"
-- Walt Gardner, champion letter-to-the-editor writer and retired teacher

-- Susan Ohanian

Education News and Analysis

American Educator
Chronicle of Higher Education
Education Next
Education Week
eSchool News
Inside Higher Ed
Jay Mathews' Class Struggle
Phi Delta Kappan
New York Times Education
School Wise Press
Teacher Magazine

Policy and Political Blogs

The American Scene
Andrew Sullivan.com
Booker Rising
The Corner
Daniel Drezner
Dangerous Thoughts
The Democratic Strategist
The Has Been
Huffington Post
Loose Cannon
Matthew Yglesias
The Plank (TNR)
Political Animal (Washington Monthly)
The Politico
Post Global
Real Clear Politics
Taking Note
Think Tank Town
Volokh Conspiracy
WSJ's Blog Federation
Washington Whispers


Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today's Schools

Edited by Jane Hannaway and Andrew J. Rotherham

Why Newsweek's List of America's 100 Best High Schools Doesn't Make the Grade

By Andrew J. Rotherham
and Sara Mead

A Qualified Teacher
in Every Classroom

Edited by Frederick M. Hess, Andrew J. Rotherham,
and Kate Walsh

America's Teaching Crisis

By Jason Kamras and Andrew J. Rotherham

Rethinking Special Education For A New Century

Edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Andrew J. Rotherham
& Charles R. Hokanson, Jr.

Making The Cut: How States Set Passing Scores on Standardized Tests

By Andrew J. Rotherham

Education Blogs

A Constrained Vision
Andrew Pass
a schoolyard blog
Assorted Stuff
Mr. B-G's English Blog
Barnett Berry
Bill Jackson's Education Blog
Bridging Differences (Meier and Ravitch)
Bulletin Board (NASBE)
Campaign K-12 (Ed Week)
Chaos Theory
Charter Blog (NAPCS)
Charter School Policy Inst. Blog
Chez Dormont
Chris Correa
Class Context
The College Puzzle
College Ready Blog (Athens Learning Group)
The Common School
Conversation Starters
Core Knowledge Blog
Critical Mass
Dangerously Irrelevant
Daryl Cobranchi
Dave Shearon
Dave Saba (ABCTE)
DC Education Blog
Dems for Education Reform
The Deputy Head
Early Ed Watch
Early Stories
Educated Nation
Educating One Mind
The Education Network
The Education Wonks
Edwize (UFT)
Eponymous Educator
Essential Blog
Extra Credit
Flypaper (Fordham)
Fordham Fellows
From The Trenches
The Gadfly
Get On The Bus (Dayton Daily News)
Get Schooled (AJC)
The Gradebook (St. Pete Times)
Grumpy Professor
The Hall Monitor
Higher Ed Watch
Hip Teacher
I Thought A Think
In Other News (Ed Week)
Inside Pre-K
Jay Greene
Jenny D.
John Merrow
K-12 Hotlinks
Kindling Flames
Kitchen Table Math
Learning Now (PBS)
The Life That Chose Me
Mathew K. Tabor
Media Infusion
Ms. Frizzle
Moving At The Speed Of Creativity
NCLB Act II (Ed Week)
NSBA's BoardBuzz
NYC Educator
Paper Trail (USN)
ParaNews (NCP)
Paul Baker
The Portable Princess
The PrincipalsPage
Principal's Policy Blog (NASSP)
Quasi Dictum
Roy Romer
Running on Empty
School of Blog
School Zone (MJS)
Schools for Tomorrow
Science After School
SF Schools
Sherman Dorn
SITE Mentor
Small Talk
Special Education Law Blog
Starting Over (Ed Week)
Swift & Change Able
Teach and Learn
Teacher Voices
Teachers At Risk
Teachers' Lounge
Teaching in the 408
Teaching Rookie
Think Lab
This is how I Swim
This Week In Education
Tim Fredrick
Up The Down Staircase
Urban Angle
What up, Mz. Smlph?
Whitney Tilson
Why Boys Fail
Why Homeschool

Educational Resources and Organizations

AALE Charter School Accreditation
Alliance for Excellent Education
American Association of School Administrators
American Educational Research Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Institutes For Research
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Aspen Institute
Asia Society
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Broad Foundation
The Brookings Institution
Building Excellent Schools
Center for American Progress
Center for Education Reform
Center for School Change
Center on Education Policy
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Citizens Commission On Civil Rights
Coalition of Essential Schools
Community College Research Center
Community Training and Assistance Center
Council of Chief State School Officers
Council of Great City Schools
Core Knowledge Foundation
Data Quality Campaign
Democratic Leadership Council
eSchool News
Education Commission of the States
Education Evolving
Education Sector
The Education Trust
George Lucas Educational Foundation
Haberman Foundation
Hechinger Institute On Education and the Media
Joyce Foundation
Just for the Kids
Knowledge Alliance
Learning Point Associates
Local School Directory
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
The Mind Trust
National Academies Center for Education
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Center for Postsecondary Research
National Center on Education and the Economy
National Charter School Research Project
National Council on Teacher Quality
National Education Association
National Education Writers Association
National Governors Association
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
National School Boards Association
New Leaders for New Schools
New Schools Venture Fund
The New Teacher Project
New Vision
Pre-K Now
Harvard's Program On Education Policy and Governance
Progressive Policy Institute
PPI's 21st Century Schools Project
Public Agenda
Public Impact
Reading Reform Foundation
Rick Hess' World HQ
The Savvy Source for Parents
Scholastic Administrator
School Data Direct
Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services
Standards Work
Teach for America
The Teaching Commission
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Trust for Early Education
Uncommon Schools
United States Department of Education
The Urban Institute

Opinions on Eduwonk reflect the views of the author, Education Sector does not take institutional positions. Outgoing links do not constitute an endorsement.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Hire Ed

Washington DC's teacher pool is changing, a new ES Chart You Can Trust shows how.
Posted at 5:37 PM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Charter Market Share

New NAPCS looks at cities with the most substantial market share for public charter schools, some obvious ones but also some that you might not think.
Posted at 4:34 PM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Charter Politics
Per this item, Eduwonk readers are demanding results! OK. In MN Ember Reichgott Junge did not win the primary there (heavy late anti-Ember/anti-charter mailings from the teachers' union there which traditionally has not been particularly active on the issue is raising some eyebrows). But in MD, Andy Smarick has finished a close second, which under MD's election rules puts him on the ballot in the general.
Posted at 4:31 PM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

College Action...And If You're Going...

New USN blog "Paper Trail" is going to cover all the goings on around the nation's campuses. Off to a fast start, check it out. And, if you're looking for new blogs and interested in the West Coast, SFSchools covers education in San Francisco. Both on the blogroll at left.
Posted at 2:51 PM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

It's Tuesday
...so don't forget you have a lot to do...
Posted at 9:46 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

More Homework
WaPo's Valerie Strauss looks at the homework debate in today's paper. Lacks the bite and analysis of Wildavsky's piece below but includes important, and I think too often overlooked, points from Stanford's Linda Darling-Hammond and Duke's Harris Cooper:

...many teachers lack the skills to design homework assignments that help kids learn and don't turn them off to learning.

...most teachers get little or no training on how to create homework assignments that advance learning.

In other words, this debate tends to turn on quantity rather than quality.

Update: Whoa! Out of nowhere AFTie One-L opens a can of whoop-ass on Alfie Kohn! He's more or less the patron saint of NEA types...again showing there still are some subtle differences between the two unions.
Posted at 8:34 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Monday, September 11, 2006

Wildavsky On Homework

In Sunday's Washington Post Ben Wildavsky asks where's the beef on the recent (and seemingly perennial) homework hysteria.
Posted at 1:49 PM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Williams Weighs-In On Weighted Funding
Joe Williams weighs-in on last Friday's weighted-student funding confab at CAP. Joe's piece is a serious must read.
Posted at 10:23 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Extra-Legal, It's Extra-Hard When It's Tough On The Adults!
Per the below, there seems to be a trend here: The Bush Administration has, and has sought to, go extra-legal from No Child Left Behind on a variety of fronts. Last week's backpedal on teacher quality requirements for veteran teachers is just another example. But, it seems unmistakable that where they've been able to go extra-legal (allowing growth models, deemphasizing public school choice, easing accountability requirements, etc...) it's all been on issues where the special interest community would like to see the law weakened. Conversely, on anything that requires holding the line on adults (veteran teachers, collective bargaining, etc...) the administration hasn't been able to get an inch...
Posted at 8:51 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

CBA Action
Over at Edwize Leo Casey is all upset because he argues that Margaret Spellings is misreading an obscure but controversial provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently called No Child Left Behind).

The provision in question says that the No Child Left Behind Act cannot trump local teacher collective bargaining agreements. Leo says that the Spellings crowd is trying to argue that this provision does not apply. Not sure that Leo is right or that this is the right fight for the unions to pick now anyway.

First, a quick bit of history. After No Child became law in 2002, the Bush Administration did try to argue that this provision did not apply. The NEA, on firm legal ground, quickly cleaned their clock on that one and the issue has been pretty dormant since excepting interest group and think tank chatter.*

Now, in an updated guidance covering a range of issues, all the feds said was that collective bargaining agreements are not a reason or excuse not to comply with the federal law (pdf). It's not an unreasonable thing for them to be offering guidance on since there are a lot of questions. Key stuff upsetting Leo is page 42:

Although section 1116(d) [the collective bargaining language in ESEA] does not invalidate employee protections that exist under labor law or under collective bargaining and similar labor agreements, it does not exempt SEAs, LEAs, and schools from compliance with Title I, Part A.

That's reasonable enough, no? And in other contexts, for instance prevailing wage laws, the teachers' unions have argued for federal law to trump anyway. Here the issue is just that local policies don't alleviate requirements for complying with the federal law. At a minimum not sure it's good precedent for progressives to start picking and choosing when they do and don't want federal laws to be enforced. Leo himself has eloquently made that case in terms of federalism and education.

Besides, I'm not sure this is the fight the teachers' unions want. It may get old labor types like Leo really excited, but the public won't get it, if they do they won't support it, and calling a lot of attention to it will ultimately further erode labor's position rather than enhance it. The provision has stayed in the law because of behind the scenes arm-twisting not deeply rooted support among legislators. Besides, there are a lot of people in the policy, civil rights, and even the ed interest group communities who want to see it gone and it'll be an issue in the next reauthorization. In other words, jumping up and down about it is not great strategery.

*Update: AFTie One-L helpfully provides a timeline to the history of this provision. While it's no secret that the Department of Ed doesn't like this provision, per the above I don't see how this guidance runs afoul of the law.
Posted at 8:49 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post

Your Tuesday, ET and ES
You didn't have any work to do anyway did you? You can now spend the better part of tomorrow, Tuesday, at two interesting education events in D.C:

In the AM (10:30-noon), Ed Trust gathers Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL); Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA); and Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) and educators Al Harper, Barbara Adderley, Martha Barber to discuss "Yes We Can," a new Ed Trust report about African-American student achievement. 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Then get lunch.

In the PM, 1-2:30 at the National Press Club (14th and F), Education Sector will gather Georgetown's Harry Holzer, USA Today's Richard Whitmire, and ES' Sara Mead for a debate about Mead's recent report on boys and girls. AFTie Ruth Wattenberg moderates and it promises to be a very lively discussion you do not want to miss. Mead's a known man-hater and is rarely allowed out like this and Whitmire has a forthcoming book on the issue.
Posted at 7:47 AM | Comments: 0 | Link to this item | Email this post