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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

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-- Weblog Awards

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-- Education Week Research Center

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-- 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

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-- 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

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-- Education Gadfly

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-- Alexander Russo, This Week In Education

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-- Mike Antonucci, Intercepts

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-- Michele McLaughlin, AFT Blog

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-- 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

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-- Sandy Kress, former education advisor to President Bush and former chairman, Dallas Board of Education

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-- 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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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Very Cool Edujob

The SEED Foundation is looking for a director of major gifts. SEED established the outstanding SEED School in Washington, DC, the nation's only public boarding middle and high school. Resumes and inquiries here.
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Spellings On NCLB
In today's Washington Post. The piece has a high school title but is really more of a spirited defense and good explanation of the k-8 part of the law...still not convinced this isn't a head fake since states are moving on h.s. reform anyway. Also, why didn't she mention the teacher incentive fund? That's probably their most sellable proposal right now because it's aimed at a real issue and the money has to flow for the reform to work so it largely sidesteps the debate about NCLB funding levels.

See also this related op-ed on the same page from Charles Stewart Mott's Kevin Walker.
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Friday, April 01, 2005

OH Vouchers

Big voucher debate coming in Ohio. Democrat Dixie Allen has a bill, so does the Republican governor. What’s interesting, however, is that word is a lot of the charter school community is nervous about a potential loss of students under a plan larger than what is in place in Cleveland now. Who says charters aren’t like traditional public schools anyway?

BTW, Republicans want 18,000 new vouchers. Leaving aside the larger issues, are there even that many open seats statewide?
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Uh Oh
This is unsettling and makes the debate about NCLB seem sort of trivial...
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Just When You Think You’ve Heard It All…
Someone comes along and blames the public schools for having a hand in Terry Shiavo’s death...
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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Shark Hunt

This is mostly very funny stuff, and the Hunter Thompson parody is priceless. But does (did!) Fordham get Wallace money and is Eli Broad laughing?
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Title IX
NSBA's Legal Clips has a good write up of this week's Title IX case.
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Not Just For Public Schools
Lots of folks talking about schoolmatters.com, the new S & P data site with data on every public school in the country. Reader R sent this one along that has data on private schools around the country.
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NCLB In Utah
Minority advocates worried on the accountability front, complicates the states' rights storyline. Via School News Monitor.
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Per this, the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights is also a founding member of the Achievement Alliance. That's a sign of the times, no?
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

NBCT's And Equity

It is time for states to step up and address the maldistribution of National Board Certified teachers.
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Guthrie V. Noddings Smackdown!
Yikes! Vandy professor James Guthrie dresses down Nell Noddings in Ed Week. He doesn’t accuse her of being a well-fed technocrat but does raise some serious objections to her recent commentary piece.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Two Exclusives From Two Jays

Jay Mathews gets an exclusive and writes-up a new report on charter schools and KIPP for the Washington Post. More later.

And, Jay Greene praises the Cleveland Public Schools.
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Rs and Ds
Important Noam Scheiber op-ed in today’s NYT. Scheiber flirts with education where the dynamic is also arguably the same.
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Good Site
If you only check one thing out today, visit schoolmatters.com, the new data site from Standard and Poor's just launched this morning. More on this later, but if information is indeed power, parents, teachers, and other public education stakeholders just became a lot more empowered. Search for a state, school, or school district you're interested in and you'll see why.
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Good Reads
Interesting article from the LAT about high school completion. Interesting NYT look at charter schools in Dayton, OH. And, in today's Washington Post, Valerie Strauss takes a look at the 4th-grade as part of an ongoing series.
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Monday, March 28, 2005

Achievement Bonanza!

New data (pdf) from the Council of Great City Schools on urban schools. A lot of data in here, particularly performance and finance.

The Achievement Alliance, a pro-NCLB organization founded by the Ed Trust, National Council of La Raza, Just for the Kids/NCEA, and the Business Roundtable has a new newsletter you can sign up for. First one here, some interesting stuff, good unpacking of "adequate yearly progress".
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California school bans the Declaration of Independence! Those were the inflammatory headlines that sent the self-appointed defenders of America's values and culture into high gear. Allegedly a teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School had been restricted from teaching about the Declaration of Independence because of its religious content. As it turns out, and as Naomi Schaefer Riley relays in a must-read WSJ op-ed, the story is actually a lot more complicated. For starters the teacher in question apparently does have some problems with the boundaries of personal faith and the classroom and more importantly, no one was banned from teaching about the Declaration in the first place.

Parents at the school have set up a website to try to counter the feeding frenzy.

Thanks to reader MT.
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