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Friday, November 19, 2004

Klein On Hellholes, NASBE On Early-Childhood, Post on IDEA...And, More Spellings Reax!

Did Joel Klein really call some high schools in New York City hellholes and then back off later? NY Daily News has the scoop. Note: Please see this clarification.

NASBE has produced a concise and useful overview about early-childhood assessments and current policy debates on that topic.

The Washington Post editorial board gives props to the new IDEA bill.

Transcript of Ed Week's chat about charter schools can be found here.

More Spellings reax: NSBA loves her, Center for American Progress not surprisingly hates her. Interesting...

Yikes! Someone call Alfie Kohn! Mathew Yglesias says "bribe the kids" to do well in school!
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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Spellings Round-Up And Loveless V. NAEP

NYT on Spellings here, CSM here, Wash. Post here. Just how pissed are conservatives about this? Also, word is Deputy Secretary Hickock leaving...that will likely trigger other departures.

NYT's Schemo writes up the new IDEA bill, which overall is a step forward on that policy in several key ways.

Brookings' Tom Loveless takes on NAEP math questions, NAEP officials not pleased. Film at 11.
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I Put A Spell On You!
Eduwonk exclusive! Must credit Eduwonk! Here is the text of the first memo from Margaret Spellings to political appointees at Department of Education and conservative education activists:

From: Incoming Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
To: Department of Education political appointees, Bill Bennett, Chester Finn, Clint Bolick, Heritage Foundation staff, and various "family" groups
Date: November 18, 2004
Re: The New Regime

I put a spell on you
Because you're mine.
You better stop
The things that you're doin'.
I said "Watch out!
I ain't lyin', yeah!
I ain't gonna take none of your
Foolin' around;
I ain't gonna take none of your
Puttin' me down;
I put a spell on you
Because you're mine.
All right!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Spellings And Choice...The Panic And The Irony

The usual suspects are very concerned cum panicked that Bush II will mean an explosion of choice proposals from the administration. Actually, it's the choiceniks that should probably be concerned, putative Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is not a big choice fan. The good gossip is filled with funny anecdotes about Spellings dissin' various voucher schemes and the ideological fervor that underpins them.

In fact, she's not even that hot on charter schools (possibly because Texas isn't exactly the leading model on charter quality...). Ironically, the usual suspects have a lot less to worry about than even supporters of public charter schools.

Of course, if the President was looking for a place to build some bipartisan unity on education policy, he could do a lot worse than focusing on charter schools.
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Charter Chat
Ed Week is hosting a chat on charter schools, tomorrow at 1 EST. More info here.
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NRA, IDEA, Spellings Bio...And, Boardbuzz Does Blaine
The National Rifle Association's lawyers just live for moments like this. And then tend to win in court, too...

Want to learn more about Margaret Spellings? This story starts with her childhood...she was a good student...

One can be skeptical of or opposed to vouchers and still find BoardBuzz's enthusiasm for Blaine Amendments pretty off-putting.

AP's Feller writes up the current state of play on IDEA reauthorization.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

More Paige Turning

NYT's Schemo takes a look at Paige's exit as does MO's Sager. Both note that conservative choiceniks are likely to be let down by the Spellings appointment. However, showing that preemption is not just a military strategy, Fordham's Finn calls for choice to be the central organizing principle of Bush II.

Here's Paige's resignation statement. How does he know that about the reading scores? Russ Whitehurst, over to you?

Wash Post's Jay Mathews takes a look at the complicated issue of measuring learning in college. And, NCES has new data on collegiate persistence and completion here.

On Sunday this Washington Post editorial made a good point about the suburban achievement gap and how No Child is laying the problem bare.
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Monday, November 15, 2004

More Paige's Exit...It's Spellings!

More on Rod Paige's exit in this Washington Post story (last graf). Say what you want about his tenure, which has certainly had its share of problems, he was loyal to the Bushies. But his loyalty was not reciprocated in the handling of his departure...
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Charters In MA
More action coming on charters in MA...a textbook study of the issues outlined below...
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Get Your Recriminations Right Here!
Give Democrats some credit, it was almost a week after the election before the recriminations started…

But they've started….The New Republic is recriminations central right now, with an editorial, a piece by Marty Peretz, an insider look by Ryan Lizza, and a call for still more recriminations by TNR editor Peter Beinart.

Also, in The Wall Street Journal former Lieberman aide Dan Gerstein says it was less Kerry than larger problems for the party.

Both Peretz and Gerstein cite teachers' unions as one cause of the problems Democrats have making a case for progressive change on education policy. In the large sense that's certainly true enough and TNR has been pointing it out for some time. Yet it's not fair to lay that at Kerry's feet. He did challenge teacher union orthodoxy (most notably their quasi-Marxist fealty to pay schemes that do not reward teachers for challenging assignments, special skills, or exceptional performance) and he didn't mindlessly carry their water in his policy proposals.

But, this election was not about education. Other than as a framing issue, Kerry would have gained little by relentlessly hammering on education policy issues. In fact, it would have distracted from the issues of security and leadership that he did need to emphasize. And, Kerry's support for No Child but concern about how the Bush Administration has handled implementation is one of those positions that's at once defensible but hard to explain to voters in a 30-second soundbite and easy for an opponent to twist.

Going forward, however, an obvious challenge for Democrats is to put forward a crisper, more progressive, and reform oriented vision on education, as well as other issues, because the tired old dogs just don't hunt anymore.

See this essay by Andrei Cherney in TNR for more ideas.
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