When Acronyms Fight The Data Get Trampled: NEA V. TFA & TNTP

Even leaving aside the sleazy innuendo about researcher Jane Hannaway* (stay classy NEA!) this National Education Association email (below), from the organization’s executive director, is startling in its tendentiousness (in case you were wondering why there is so much misunderstanding about the research on Teach For America, here’s why…).   Other methodologically strong studies confirm what Hannaway found, for instance the Mathematica evaluation of …

Odds & Ends

Big thanks to Elizabeth for sitting in the past few days while I was away.   I’m sure I speak for most readers when I say that it’s great that she’s landing in our space for her next gig.   Clay Risen’s Michelle Rhee profile is now out in The Atlantic.   Clay really delivers in vivid form.    …

Got Books?

Another effort to move past gotcha:  Steve Clemons asks a serious question that someone should put to Alaska Governor Sara Palin.   And I still want to know about Pebble Mine.

Whitmire Goes Boy Crazy…

USAT’s Richard Whitmire has a new blog on education issues affecting boys, check it out. He needs a better picture, but otherwise it’s great stuff.

Techies

NYT business columnist James Flanigan looks at some for-profit education efforts to create tech tools for teachers and schools. Maybe I’m not enough of a tech head, but I still think that technology offers more leverage as a tool for data and information management than it does directly in the classroom, but we’ll see… One …