"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
8 Replies to “About Last Night, Now The What?”
Technically, Chairman Gray is not the Mayor-elect until November. You never know, Faith may pull it out this year!
Seriously, it sounds like you don’t know Chairman Gray that well. I know many charter school parents and staff members who have met with Gray several times over the past year or so and he’s been 100% supportive. DC charter school parents and employees are an often overlooked part of the Gray coalition. If anybody posed a threat to charters it was Adrian Fenty, who only exploited them to get Race to the Top money for DCPS.
DC will have the school reforms that The People want. This is still the United States of America. Demagogues and autocrats should go to other countries, where that form of government is acceptable. DC gives us a glimpse into what is going to happen when “reform” is understood by the majority of our citizens. So far the average person isn’t aware of what is happening. Teacher-bashing isn’t big in the USA.
Politicians beware: Never trash your electorate if you expect to be elected or reelected.
Correction, Faith lost the Statehood-Green primary. My bad.
Apologies to Linda/RT and others, but the foes of Rhee and school reform who are now gloating are soon going to realize that Vince Gray was supported by the teachers’ union, but was not in their pocket and will not likely abandon reform. He campaigned on a platform of aggressive reform.
I can’t speak for others but I too want aggressive reform for DC and other urban districts. I know that Gray supports charter schools (without fraud), preschool education, assistance for mothers and newborns, highly-qualified teachers and fair evaluation and professional treatment of all educators. There are also other alternatives that offer parents ways of getting their children out of failing schools, such as public school vouchers, magnet schools, private schools paid for by private individuals, institutions or corporations. Personally I pay the tuitions of three impoverished children, so I’m certainly no advocate of keeping poor children in failing schools.
If Rhee had instituted her changes with fairness, compassion, honesty and respect for the rights and opinions of others, she might have earned my admiration and support.
What I don’t want is mistreatment of teachers, charter school fraud, false “miracles,” gaming of standardized tests, and autocratic rule that ignores the opinions of stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, other citizens). We can’t have that.
Rhee, whom I have known for more than a decade, is a charismatic leader who has attracted people from across the country to work in the city’s central office and schools.
Maybe Andrew meant county, as in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Howard.
Introducing evidence into these comment threads always risky, I know! Rotherham was probably talking about Justin Cohen, Susan Cheng, Kaya Henderson, Josh Edelman, Erin McGoldrick, and really a lot of the senior team:
DCPS has the strongest (or as strong) front office of any district in America today. Make no mistake, that was a Rhee effect.
I’m thinking of schools, especially those featured by the Washington Post:
William Taylor local guy (feature by Amanda Ripley in The Atlantic)
I believe there is a lady from Howard CPS, but she might not be in a school.
Yes – I can see the recruitment push for the team Rhee is abandoning in DC is in full effect. Gray is being urged to keep them and Rotherham is implying they are in great demand nationwide.
New motto for school reformers: “No Rhee staffer left behind!”