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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

"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, 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

"I have just three 'go to' websites: The Texas Legislature, Texas Longhorn sports, and Eduwonk"
-- Sandy Kress, former education advisor to President Bush and former chairman, Dallas Board of Education

"penetrating analysis in a lively style on a wide range of issues"
-- 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

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, February 18, 2005

Look Homeward Boardbuzz!

Boardbuzz asleep at the switch...meanwhile vouchers all over the place. Correlation or causation?
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Two New Studies Very Much Worth Your Time Today
Education Trust West unpacks intra-district disparities in an excellent new study. Important implications for the teacher quality and school finance debate. Interesting finding on race/ethnicity v. low-income as a factor here. Must reading. Está en Español, también.

From the Center For Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington comes "Buried Treasure" (pdf) a valuable new study by Mary Beth Celio and James Harvey about using data to make educational decisions. The report has a focus on leadership but broad utility.
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A New Innovation!
Congrats to US DOE Office Of Innovation honcho Nina Rees and her husband Matt who became parents of a healthy girl on Valentines Day. No word yet on possible Godparents, though Eduwonk is betting heavily against Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA).
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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The NCLB Water...

The Feds get tough...but will they hold the line or cave? Stay tuned...this could be a test case on the "trading teacher quality for accountability" theory...
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Research And Innovation
Sensible discussion of the interaction of research and innovation by Frederick Hess.
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Yale Teachers Institute
If you haven't checked out the Teachers Institute in New Haven, it's worth doing so. Becoming a model elsewhere.
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Wash Post On Student Loans
Important editorial on the guaranteed v. direct loan issue. New data from the new budget request, another nail in the coffin of the case against direct loans. Background here.
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On The Block
Macabre policymaking!

The Bush Administration has put together a handy website showing the education programs facing the axe this year.
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Charters On The Left Coast And In The Middle
In Los Angeles the "well connected" Steve Barr is launching an effort to inject charters and small schools into the mayors race. Don't underestimate it, Barr is an accomplished Democratic (big and small "d") organizer and political operative.

In Ohio, the anti-charter lawsuit is proceeding to the state's top court although a key plank of the case against charters -- basically that they're not public schools -- was thrown out. For more on Ohio charters click here.
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This is funny, though it's unclear if TFA's critics have much of a sense of humor.

Incidentally, in the "if you build it they will come" category, it's now harder to get into TFA than most of the top business, law, and graduate schools.

Nonetheless, for some reason it’s apparently still important to stop TFA ASAP!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Texas Charters

Texas Roundup, the latest in a series of PPI state case studies on charter school policy, is out. The good, the bad, and the ugly...
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LAUSD Election
Important LA Times editorial.
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Monday, February 14, 2005

More NCLB Changes?

Important NYT story on Spellings and NCLB. This probably won't make the Ed Trust very happy. Word is the Department will basically trade teacher provisions for accountability and Spellings hints at that in the story.
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NCLB Changes
Jenny D. is hosting an interesting discussion about NCLB changes. You can join in.
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Fordham Unsheathed!
Justin Torres of the Fordham Foundation writes in the current Gadfly that Eduwonk is, "generally perspicacious, sometimes even wise"...with prose like that you know the knife is coming!

And it does! Torres basically argues that new unionism and teachers' union reform efforts are a fraud and amount to nothing and that anyone hoping for anything progressive from organized labor, in this case Eduwonk, is basically a sucker. That's an oversimplified summary, though not far off, you can read the whole thing here.

Labor's (and the teachers' unions) important historical role notwithstanding, there are still several problems with the case Torres makes.

First, he discounts the clout of SEIU's Andy Stern in the labor movement. It's in large part because Stern has the power to splinter the AFL-CIO that his case for change is attracting so much attention. And though private-sector labor has certainly seen better days, the AFL-CIO in general, or SEIU in particular, are not paper tigers. SEIU spent $52 million during the last presidential election (more than NEA and AFT combined) and about half of its members are public sector employees...Also, Torres ascribes status quo educational reform thinking to the "average public sector unionist." What animal is that? Is this the same average unionist vote that went, according to exit polls in the last election, almost 40 percent for Republicans? Besides, if the NEA is as powerful as Torres says, why can't they even bend the American Federation of Teachers, let alone private sector labor, to their will on things like No Child Left Behind?

Second, and equally divorced from today's reality, he scolds Eduwonk for urging school reformers not to just lump unions together either rhetorically or in terms of policy and politics. Torres argues that everyone knows that when someone in education says union, they mean teachers' union. But is this true? Most people who don't earn their living in the field tune into these debates episodically, at best, are not well-versed in its lingo or assumptions, and are not ideologically monolithic. As a practical matter, some urban superintendents have survived precisely by splitting local teachers unions and other local unions in no small part because the latter worried about both school quality and the negative impression of unions that some teachers' union demands create.

Finally, Torres' entire case is pinned to the tired canard that vouchers = school reform. Thus, by this line of argument, if Andy Stern does not support vouchers, then he's not really for reform. This is a ludicrous standard. (Torres' worldview here is easy to discern, all the elected Democrats he praises as bold education reformers have one thing in common -- all supported vouchers)

For starters, there are plenty of thoughtful school reform types who don't support vouchers, plenty of the same that do, and plenty less thoughtful folks who do and don't as well. Superficially, support or opposition is indicative of almost nothing. Besides, as even their thoughtful proponents acknowledge, vouchers are not a necessary predicate for progress, nor a sufficient reform on their own.

Moreover, this line of argument discounts other progress and hard won victories. When the local teachers' union in Denver decides to experiment with performance-based pay, that's progress. When Green Dot Public Schools, a LA-based non-profit charter school operator employs a modified version of the LA Unified School District teacher contract, that's progress, too. Is all well? Of course not and even many folks inside the teachers' unions argue that change is imperative. But change doesn't happen overnight or in a linear fashion toward some preordained policy goal. And change certainly isn't vouchers or nothing.

So, Torres is right that there is some "think-tank chin-tugging" going on. Unfortunately, it looks like it is happening at Fordham, a place that has, at times, been perspicacious itself.
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