Finnish Girls! Common Core! Not Clickable Enough? Then More Including Charter Schools, UVA Accelerates, And Peter Cunningham Goes Big

This New York Times debate makes me want to put on some Duran Duran. Are we still really arguing about money this way? If I want a throwback I want it to be something like this. Think possible: Match Beyond. Joe Nathan with some straight talk on charter schools. Matt DiCarlo uses a lot of words to say roughly the …

Whitmire: Charters One Day, Cords The Next…

Education policy’s renaissance man? Richard Whitmire analyzes education policy one day, and then splits a few cords of wood the next. He can also fish (see here and here). His most recent book, about the Rocketship charter network, is here.

A Triumphant Return and Ignominious Firing in 500 Words

by guestblogger Andy Smarick What’s crackin’, people.  It’s been too long.  I’m Smarick.  I used to be an inveterate blogger and tweeter.  I disappeared for a couple years, but now I’m back.  Kind of like Bobby Ewing or Kristin Cavallari. To paraphrase Hitch, Rotherham is gone on a week’s vacation, and he left the keys …

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 …

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.