"Least influential of education's most influential information sources."
-- Education Week Research Center
"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
"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!"
-- Mickey Kaus
"a very smart blog... this is the site to read"
-- Ryan Lizza
"everyone who's anyone reads Eduwonk"
-- Richard Colvin
"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
"I check Eduwonk several times a day, especially since I cut back on caffeine"
-- Joe Williams
"...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
"penetrating analysis in a lively style on a wide range of issues"
-- Walt Gardner
-- Education Week's Alyson Klein
-- Susan Ohanian
Smart List: 60 People Shaping the Future of K-12 Education
4 Replies to “It’s Working!”
I think you are confounding the byproduct with the intended outcome; I think pieces like this (and everything associated with it) are exactly the intended outcome.
The real test is whether the RttT funds will be enough of a carrot to get Washington state legislators to act. I kind of doubt it. So far the attitude seems to be: we’re so far out of the game there’s no point in expending political capital to pass controversial bills. While others race the top we’ll slowly drift to the bottom. WA state legislators will likely continue to ignore public shaming like this until the feds create real consequences for states that have no plan for fixing their low performing schools. ESEA reauth. needs to contemplate this.
Having lived and worked in WA for many years, I think the main issue has always been that schools are in pretty good shape. WA shows up in the middle or just above on most rankings of things educational and as long as that continues, so will the “hands off our schools” approach to governing.
What’s interesting about Duncan’s Race to the Top is that he doesn’t have enough money to spend to launch anyone on a plan that will change their performance relative to other states. In WA’s case, it would have to slip down into the 40s nationwide before anyone would notice. Being roughly 25th at just about everything feels fine to most folks.
You also have to keep in mind where the capitol is. It’s in Olympia, on the prosperous and populated and progressive west side of the state. Schools on that side of the mountains do much better than their eastern counterparts, so no one in the area feels the pressure of competition directly. Also, the eastern half of the state is highly republican and wants as little to do with the government as possible.
Plus, it’s the News Tribune. When they’re not complaining about Tacoma’s superintendent they’re complaining about everything else instead. That they would write this editorial isn’t a surprise.