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Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today's Schools

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America's Teaching Crisis

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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Speaking of teachers' unions in this vein, I hadn't bothered to respond to Leo Casey's latest but I guess this pretty much settles this:

"If this kind of character assassination is typical of the teachers union supporters, well, then, the problem is even worse than I thought."
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Communication Breakdown
When ever stuff like this happens, the teachers' in the Florida charter school unionizing, some folks in the teachers union crowd naturally think I must be against it.* On the contrary, choice in the public sector means choice in the public sector. What I want is effective schools and some of the things the teachers' unions fall on their swords for surely work against that right now. But that doesn't mean that under no circumstances can unionization work in public education or that teachers shouldn't have the right to form unions like other workers. My take on teachers' unions and charter schools can be found here (pdf) and here (pdf). *Interestingly, the charter crowd gets this and it makes me suspect to some of them...do they just read more?
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Center for Public Education walks through some international test data and considerations.
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Middle School Madness
Good Commonwealth article.
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ECS Action
ECS is starting to come back online, they're in the midst of a search for a new head and are starting to ramp the work back up. For instance, they've launched a database of high school research studies and say that other topics are coming soon.
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The Carnival of Edublogs is on again. And this story, if true, will surely bounce around some and stoke the anti-NCLB crowd to an even greater frenzy of outrage.
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The New Teacher Center at UCSC has an opening for a Director of Policy for the Chicago New Teacher Center. Formal info here or email here.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

All Hat, Hidden Cattle

Edspresso asked a few folks to comment on the President’s State of the Union speech, here’s my take:

What a letdown. People used to complain that President Clinton’s State of the Union speeches were laundry lists, but at least when there was a pre-speech build up that he was going to talk about education he then, you know, talked about education. The fact that President Bush’s State of the Union clearly said he wanted No Child reauthorized is significant, as is the placement of education at the top of the speech. But beyond that, not a whole lot in Tuesday night's speech.

When it comes to education policy the basic dilemma of the Bush Administration is this: It’s the one high profile issue where, even if you don’t agree with the President, his policies are more or less defensible. Yet at the same time, and despite its alleged importance to voters, nothing President Bush can do on education will salvage his presidency at this point. His big bet has been made elsewhere and he has other political imperatives.

That dilemma was on full display Tuesday night. First, the President tried to remind people that there are other issues besides the war, and that he’s even got ideas on some of them. But that’s an awfully tough sell. Hell, I care about education, obviously, and domestic policy more generally as well, and still I was more interested in what he had to say on the non-domestic front. So, I can’t imagine that against the backdrop of the ongoing carnage in Iraq the average American cares that President Bush is trying to force some action on what happens to schools in year five of program improvement under No Child Left Behind.

But the President didn’t help himself either. When he did talk about education, the President’s dilemma seems to have paralyzed him because rhetorically he pulled his punches. While the paper the White House released in advance* of the speech had the school choice crowd all aflutter, the speech itself sidestepped the voucher issue. All Bush basically said was, “We can lift student achievement even higher by giving local leaders flexibility to turn around failing schools and by giving families with children stuck in failing schools the right to choose something better.” Hardly a rising call to arms for the choiceniks.

In fairness, there is a lot in the White House paper besides choice, including some very good ideas. And granted he wasn’t giving a speech to an education audience. But he would have been better served by more specificity and more forcefulness. Best I could tell in the spin afterwards, education, the president’s strongest domestic suit, garnered hardly any attention. In other words, unless the entire gambit was to send a signal to a few members of Congress that he’s serious about reauthorizing No Child Left Behind – something he did already anyway – then this speech didn’t serve its intended purpose or really any purpose at all on education. As a result, it’s a missed opportunity to communicate directly with the American people on a key issue and cut through special interest noise.

We’ll have to see what happens going forward but Bush knows he can’t have both bipartisanship, which this speech was ostensibly all about, and a big push for vouchers in federal policy. And he can’t have a timid approach to No Child reauthorization, the politics are just too tough. So before long there are some tough decisions to make. But without a deft political touch and some engagement with the American people at the level of specifics, it’s hard to see a No Child Left Behind deal that meets the President’s goal of not backsliding on reform.

If the President is going to challenge Congress to pass No Child Left Behind, and ask Chairman Kennedy and Chairman Miller to shepherd a reformist bill through their committees and the Congress, then he needs to provide some cover by using the megaphone of the presidency to set the table and lay out the stakes. He didn’t do that Tuesday night and he won't have too many more chances like that.

*More on those as they're fleshed out.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Countdown In Motown

In Detroit, multiple factors, kids leaving for public charter schools, kids leaving after a disastrous teachers' strike, and kids leaving because the population there is leaving mean some hard choices for the Detroit Public Schools.
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Monday, January 22, 2007

Murphy Oil Steps Up On Schools

Read how here.
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Important WaPo story for No Child Left Behind tea-leaf watchers, doesn't mention education because House Ed and Workforce Chair Miller is both a committee chair and a Speaker Pelosi confidante. But, the line about Pelosi feeling she needs to deliver for new members and what they ran on is a down arrow on NCLB in some cases... Miller could be cross-pressured even more than he already is.

But, isn't the President's forthcoming budget request (and any private signals he might be sending) pretty key here in terms of whether we get to an NCLB deal? The bottom line is that Democrats Senator Kennedy and Rep. Miller can take one of two things back to their caucuses and get pretty broad support: (1) An eviscerated NCLB with all its sharp (read ed establishment loathed) edges removed or (b) a bunch of money. Of course, some folks want both but that seems an unlikely outcome. Kennedy and Miller want the money, not a gutting of the bill. See this for example (item 2). So the ball is basically in Bush's court in terms of getting the puzzle pieces to fit together for a 2007 reauthorization. It could happen, though the odds are still somewhat long....
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