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-- Education Week Research Center

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-- Slate's Mickey Kaus

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-- Education Week

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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

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Friday, April 23, 2004

Spec Ed and Testing

John Merrow gives one of the best popular media treatments we’ve seen of the difficult issues involved in assessing students with special needs in this News Hour segment. Though we think the report does not adequately disentangle the differences between state and federal policy requirements (and also IDEA) or give viewers enough understanding of the flexibility NCLB allows for assessing disabled students, it’s well worth a look at the transcript.

Bonus content! Really like alternative assessments and special ed or just want to learn more? This article provides a good overview of some of the issues.
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Highly Qualified Teachers in the HOUSSE?
Kate Walsh makes a great point about state evasion of the teacher quality requirements under No Child Left Behind in a Gadfly guest column based on this National Council on Teacher Quality study.
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Buckley Was Right!
A Columbine anniversary op-ed in the Washington Post by Lesley University President Margaret A. McKenna was so ridiculous that we added it to tendentiousness watch. Though No Child Left Behind is not without its faults it’s absurd to lay school violence at its feet too.

Turns out, when the Post held a webchat with McKenna, the general public thought so too. Lesley Unviversity isn’t Harvard but it is in Cambridge. Guess William Buckley was right after all about the first thousand names in the Cambridge phonebook….

Political afterthought: Pssst! Reflexive NCLB bashing Democrats, those Washington Post questioners are probably likely voters too!

Bonus political afterthought: Don’t believe us? Ask the NEA!
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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Fair and Balanced

Don’t miss Michael Dobbs’ examination of No Child Left Behind in the Washington Post. Ignore the typically inflammatory headlines; the story itself is a refreshingly balanced look at the upside and challenges of improving literacy and math instruction. Though Dobbs fails to disentangle and validate whether cutbacks in art and other activities are the result of NCLB or state budget issues that are misleadingly blamed on NCLB, he does present the other side of the coin, as bluntly stated by one principal who remarks, "It hurts me to give up art, but it hurts me even more to have kids who can't read." Of course, good schools show that this is something of a false choice. But hey, it’s an article, not a book.
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Wrong Lessons, Right Perspective
Unlike much of what we've been seeing on the subject of the Columbine anniversary, Jake Rosenfeld over at the Gadflyer seems to have it about right.
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Charter School Round Up
Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) signed the Charter School Excellence and Accountability Act into law on Tuesday. The law will end a cap that limits charter schools to serving no more than 10 percent of a school district's students and increase the maximum charter term to five years. A new State Board of Education Application Committee will review charter applications, though chartering authority is still restricted to local school boards.


In a series of reports beginning this week the Star Tribune will take a look at Minneapolis public schools--both district and charter--to note that Minneapolis cannot expect to raise academic achievement if schools continue to under-serve their students.


An op-ed in the Boston Globe makes the case that charter schools are here to stay and deserve to be expanded and supported in the Bay State. It dispels a few myths in the process.

Update!: You can only debunk so many myths in one op-ed! A Boston Globe reader frets that charter school teachers do not have to be certified. Could be a problem...if certification served as a useful proxy for quality.
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Welcome to Eduwonk
Greetings and welcome to Eduwonk.com! Eduwonk is a product of the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute. Eduwonk.com will be the Project’s daily presence on the web.

Since we’re just starting this blog and have not publicized it yet, if you’re reading this that means you’re probably either a friend of the Project or someone with a really keen interest in education policy. Either way, in this early stage we’d very much like to hear any feedback you have about Eduwonk and ideas on how we can make it better.

Eduwonk will be a complement to the 21st Century Schools Project Bulletin, our biweekly newsletter. The Bulletin will continue to carry original content every other week but we will also offer additional, more real-time, items posted here daily by the Project’s staff. As with the Bulletin, we’ll be grateful for tips, ideas, and links that you pass along. And, as always with the 21st Century Schools Project, you can expect edgy, insightful commentary and analysis at Eduwonk.com.

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About Eduwonk
Eduwonk is a blog written by Andrew Rotherham, co-founder and co-director of Education Sector. Occasional guest bloggers will also contribute, and the author(s) of these posts are identified at the end.

From its inception in April 2004 until August 2005, Eduwonk was hosted by the Progressive Policy Institute. Since then it has been hosted by Education Sector. A complete archive of posts since 2004 is located on the upper left side of the Eduwonk site.

Education Sector is an independent research and analysis organization. Therefore, the opinions expressed here should be considered to be those of the writer(s) rather than organizational viewpoints. Likewise, outgoing links do not constitute any type of endorsement of other websites or organizations. For more information, Education Sector's blog editorial policy can be found right here. For more about Eduwonk the blog, this post answers some common questions. A comment feature was added in October 2007 and readers are encouraged to post comments. The Eduwonk comment policy can be found here. You can also join Eduwonk's online community at the Eduwonk Facebook page.

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