Rotherham Watch

Andy goes gaga over the Ed Trust going gaga over the compensation magic bullet. Here’s the theory: If you want quality teachers in underserved schools, pay them to go there. There may be something to this as a component to a larger strategy for school improvement. But, is there data to support this theory? These […]

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Eye on NCLB: More Art? Art tests?

EdWeek reports: Advocates for broadening the curriculum hope a draft House proposal for reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will give a boost to history, art, music, and other subjects that they believe have been marginalized in many districts under the 5½-year-old federal law. This is one of those good news/bad news deals. […]

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Three over coffee.

My first Saturday in the city since last Spring. I’m having my coffee at Letizia’s Natural Bakery, outside on a perfect seventy degree morning. The Chicago Reporter presents data that is shocking. Between 2000 and 2005, the Chicago Police Department reported 375 murders or manslaughters of people younger than 18—more than any other police department […]

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Missing Cheryl.

There’s a story on the front page of the Chicago Reader you should read. For a couple of years a couple of years ago, Anne and I would go to Lula for dinner on Friday nights after work. Every Friday night. We’d have a drink and order dinner at the bar. Lula is what’s called […]

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Bad NEA? Good NEA?

While some denounce the National Education Association for not fighting hard enough against NCLB, union-bashing bloggers hail today’s NY Times editorial for telling Congress not to let the NEA gut NCLB. Confused? Me too.

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Eli Broad donates. We pay.

Eli Broad (rhymes with “toad”). Philanthropist. One of the funders of the Ed in ’08 campaign along with billionaire Bill Gates is billionaire education hobbyist Eli Broad. In an article on philanthropy in today’s NY Times, the writer Stephanie Strom points out that for every three dollars Broad gives away, the tax payer gives a […]

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