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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

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-- Education Gadfly

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-- Alexander Russo, This Week In Education

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-- 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

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-- Sandy Kress, former education advisor to President Bush and former chairman, Dallas Board of Education

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-- Walt Gardner, champion letter-to-the-editor writer and retired teacher

-- Susan Ohanian

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

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

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A Qualified Teacher
in Every Classroom

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America's Teaching Crisis

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Rethinking Special Education For A New Century

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Friday, January 05, 2007

New Logo, New Law? And, Eduwonk Buries The Lede*

That there, friends, is the new No Child Left Behind logo, seen here in public for the first time and to be publicly released on Monday. It was leaked on exclusive to Eduwonk by a high ranking administration official...But, don't be fooled, the logo is not the only change coming on NCLB. The Administration is dead serious about trying to get to an NCLB reauthorization deal. Do the odds look better? A lot of issues, but stay tuned.

But what's interesting about the reauthorization timetable question is that while former Bushie Mike Petrilli says he's sort of given up on NCLB, his solutions are surely not very appetizing for most of the hate-NCLB coalition*...national standards and more choice is where he's driving...that's worth noting because while the NCLB-foes approach this situation as a choice between NCLB or the pre-NCLB status quo, all the foot-dragging means they might look back before long on NCLB with some nostalgia from their place in a Petrillian dystopia...

Meanwhile, the Department of Education has also finished a year-long redesign of their Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website. It's a variety of materials for teachers and the most popular federal K-12 resource on the web. It's relevant to NCLB because while the federal government can't get into curriculum, the feds can offer some help to teachers through strategies like this. And, it's a Clinton-era education initiative that hasn't gotten the axe!

*And yes, in case you live in an educave and haven’t heard, the NEA is embracing national standards via this new Dodd bill (pdf). But, don’t forget, Dodd also has an eviscerate NCLB’s accountability provisions bill floating around and there are a lot of folks who suddenly see national standards as a good way to kick the accountability can down the road a bit more… “sure, we’re for tough accountability, just as soon as we got some world class national standards in place…” Anyway, methinks that the standards bill Senator Kennedy is introducing is a more likely play and makes more sense right now, too...and unless this comes from the bottom up (pdf), it's going to bottom out.

Update: As I was saying, the public school establishment should think twice about the wisdom of the tear down NCLB strategy...
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Thursday, January 04, 2007


AFTie One-L apparently didn't get the talking points about the new NCTQ database. She's Not supposed to say nice things about it! But she does minimize the utility of it, not only do you not have to dig for contracts that may be online somewhere but are hard to find, but they're all coded and searchable, too. Try it yourself.
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More NCLB Odds
This story and this one are sort of at odds with one another...to the extent money is key to a No Child deal, going to be tough to get to big numbers especially if, as Bruce Reed points out, Bush refuses to change course. And, to the extent that Bush wants a No Child reauth as a legacy item (the list of possible items is short...) that certainly will do little to whet Democratic appetites...
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A Potty In Every Pot
Dateline: Washington, D.C. The school system is chronically underperforming, the new mayor wants to take it over to get leverage to address the problems and the new head of the school board says...drum roll...fix the bathrooms*...Not an auspicious opening salvo in this battle...

*And in fairness some other stuff, but the flagship potty program hardly inspires confidence that the big structural issues are going to be tackled...
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This Week's New Home...Trouble Starts At Home?
After casting about for a host for his blog for some time, This Week's Russo has apparently finally landed at Education Week and is one step closer to being a serious education journalist. It's good for him, over time organizationally affiliated blogs seem to have more traction and a nice recognition of the hard work he puts into his blog.

But, apparently (they're calling me for 411, sorry don't have any! Call him!) most EdWeekers are completely in the dark on this new development having just learned about it last night and this A.M. through the rumor mill (guess they're not regular This Week readers since it's been up there for a couple of days...meet your new colleague!) and some are more than a little pissed off...they’ve wanted a blog for a while, but this wasn’t what they had in mind at all…And, seems someone made a decision and Russo went public without looping in the actual worker bees who are wondering when the powers that be are going to clue them in...so they're pissed on content and form...stay tuned...

PS--Job seekers, apparently competence with Ed Week's search engine is not a predicate for employment...no word on basic fact checking...so get those resumes in fast!

Update: A helpful reader writes to note that counting is not a required skill either, count the insiders...9?
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New Database, New Age?
USA Today's Toppo writes up the new NCTQ database of teacher collective bargaining contracts. You can check it out here. The teachers' unions aren't enamored of the transparency, all this information could be misinterpreted! People might think there is, like, some problem with some of the provisions in these contracts...relevant disc here.
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What's Going To Happen On NCLB?
Fordham assembled a mob (including me) to gauge views on the likelihood of NCLB reauthorization (pdf)...basically tracks the morning eduodds. Worth checking out though, clever idea, and though some of the questions are reductionist, they surface the right issues.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hot NY Charter Action...And Who Lost Spitzer?

In his impressive speech (pdf) laying out his agenda, new NY governor Elliot Spitzer lays out the contours of a charter school cap raising deal (but no card check?!) as well as a reasonably solid education agenda. Dems returning to their roots as ed reformers? That’s good news. And, party unity to boot? The Kossacks love it, too...Stay tuned…it's too good to be true!
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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New EduBlog

Mike Kirst, college professor, policy actor, policymaker, former state board of education member, and all around eduguru has started a blog: The College Puzzle. It's all about college completion, college success, and college prep. Well worth checking out. He's a go-to guy for advice and now you can go to his blog.
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More Edublog Lists...
Haven't had enough yet? Here's a list of 10 from Jay Mathews and noted letter to the editor writer Walt Gardner on WaPo.
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NYT And NCLB...And, Holster That Thing!
New York Times ed board weighed in on No Child twice over the holiday break...they diss the AFTies here and dump on everyone here. The second piece is must-read stuff. I'm not much on the NAEP option for moving toward national standards*, but the piece lays out the policy evolution and makes the point that No Child isn't just a George Bush thing, something Democrats will do well to remember...

*In fact, I think the national standards crowd is well on their way to shooting themselves in the foot. The states are quietly starting to work together and discuss collaboration and some heavy-handed push from Washington could squelch some promising bottom-up innovation...
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NCLB And Special Ed
A quick glimpse at one reason why many in the disability community like No Child Left Behind...For more, check out Madeleine Will's testimony at the Aspen Commission's DC hearing. File this under interesting and counterintuitive story not really written about in the big papers...
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Alternative Charter School Lifestyles
New PPI paper on alternative authorizing arrangements (meaning non-traditional authorizers). Good overview and primer on what's happening there and good background for state policymakers. Disc: I'm a senior fellow at PPI and helped with this paper.
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