More Mathews (Now He’s Single-handedly Destroying Honors Programs!), And More AP!

Per this, Jay Mathews and Patrick Welsh square off in The Washington Post about AP courses. Says Welsh: Fairfax County teachers I’ve talked to say you have single-handedly destroyed their traditional college prep honors programs and are responsible for watering down their AP courses. “Kids now are being pushed out of honors into AP courses …

Charter School Dust-Up Returns…And, Your Chance To Win A CD!

New book from Economic Policy Institute about charter schools, in particular last year’s “dust-up” about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) charter school report. Overall, a good indication of what’s genuinely new in here can be found in the title, “The Charter School Dust-Up”, which is unoriginal itself. Nonetheless, there are a few parts that …

Guest Blogger: Michael Goldstein On AP

Yikes! High school juniors are being waylaid in hallways across the nation – by eager guidance counselors and principals. Their quest? Get more kids to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses, particularly low-income and minority students. In the suburbs, “B-average” kids, particularly minorities, are being cajoled to join the academic heavyweights in more rigorous classes; in …

Writing On SAT

NYT and Wash. Post look at the new SAT writing section. Pretty predictable Patrick Welsh article in The Post’s Outlook, interesting op-ed by Curtis Sittenfeld in The Times. Outlook is valuable real estate, what about soliciting pieces from some other area teachers (like, for instance, one Curtis Sittenfeld who teaches at St. Albans)? If Eduwonk’s …

Bush’s Budget

You’re going to hear lots of howling about the President’s proposed education budget because it eliminates a slew of programs, and every one has an interest group(s) working on its behalf. Ignore most of the griping. Many of these programs have a dubious record of effectiveness, are more about symbolism than substance, or, in a …

Sun On Ed Tech, Lots of Mathews, Another Winter Chill For Student Loans…And, A Plethora of Edublogs!

The Baltimore Sun’s Alec MacGillis takes an in-depth look at educational technology at NCLB. More money for low-income schools because of the law, hard questions about what it’s being spent on. Papers from the NCES summer conference on school finance available here. Timely topics. Wash. Post’s prolific Mathews looks at fledging efforts to measure collegiate …

Appealing to Sister Christian Society of Sisters…

Motoring…Daryl Cobranchi is still displeased with Eduwonk’s view on the VA home-schooling law. You can read why for yourself here. Cobranchi cites Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925) to bolster the argument that the state should not regulate home-schooling noting that the SCOTUS said, The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this …

Thursday’s News…Rumors…You Can Go Your Own Way?…And, Punchback on Unobligated Funds!

Kaus gives voice (and summons Ron Brownstein) to the increasingly high-decibel rumor floating around about the Kennedy NCLB corrections bill that George Miller wants no part of. The retroactivity bill is a good idea, but — policy merits aside — this next step seems very ill-considered because (a) The Republicans will never let it see …