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Responding to Bob Herbert’s “Losing Our Way”

Let me clear.  This is not a book review per se, even as I absolutely urge you to read Losing Our Way:  An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, which was published on October 7.  As I have read …

Quotes: What NYC’s New School Rating System Gets Wrong

The weakness of Fariña’s proposal is not the six measures, it is the belief that a urban school system central bureaucracy can cultivate these qualities in a thousand schools—or that these six measures could be used as an evaluation

Journalism: Researcher Fails To Disclose Union Funding; Journos Fail To Ask

Granted, it was a busy week in Chicago news, what with the Columbus Day holiday and the unexpected sickness befalling CTU head Karen Lewis, but I see this happening with disturbing frequency lately:

A Chicago-focused charter school study from a …

Morning Video: Why Think Tankers Hate The Vergara Strategy

This video recently uploaded by AFT is mostly just a broadside against Campbell Brown but it also reveals something I've written about before — that think tankers (Brookings, Fordham) don't seem to like the Vergara-style approach to school reform:

 Why …

AM News: Gates-Funded Small Schools Work After All, Says New Study

Small high schools send larger shares of students to college, new study says ChalkbeatNY: The multi-year study examines a subset of 123 “small schools of choice” that opened between 2002 and 2008 with private funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates …

My 2015 Speaking Schedule

Here is my speaking calendar for 2015 in case anybody is interested in attending Dan’s Blog: The Unplugged Experience. Some of these sessions are private, others have open registration pages (see the links), and others have waiting lists. Feel free …

If you believe in electing BETTER Democrats

then have I got a no-brainer for you.

Imagine a Democratic office holder with a long track record of being a progressive on issue after issue.

Now imagine someone who just because s/heia entitled to take the office of that …

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deasy Resigns From LA – Cortines Named Interim

Reaction to Deasy resignation as polarizing as his tenure #LAUSD http://wp.me/p2fzpD-7Rn 

LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg

State Education Funding Lags Behind …

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deasy Resigns From LA – Cortines Named Interim

Reaction to Deasy resignation as polarizing as his tenure #LAUSD http://wp.me/p2fzpD-7Rn 

LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg

State Education Funding Lags Behind …