White House Kicks Off Summit on Early-Childhood Education

Early childhood education may be a bipartisan issue across the country, but the federal government can’t seem to match that momentum, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

Tennessee Gov. Proposes Reducing Weight of Test Scores in Evaluation

Bill Haslam, a Republican, says teachers have convinced him that there should be less weight given to test scores in the state’s teacher-evaluation system.

Quotes: Former NYC Mayor Blames Unions For Violence Against Black Males

Maybe all these left-wing politicians who want to blame police, maybe there’s some blame here that has to go to the teachers union, for refusing to have schools where teachers are paid for performance, for fighting charter schools, for

Media: CJR Chides Journos For Falling For "All-Powerful TX School Board" Myth

There are lots of myths in education and education reporting, and the Columbia Journalism Review highlights one of them in its latest post (The Texas school board isn't as powerful as you think), calling out Reuters, the Washington …

AM News: Universal Preschool Day At The White House

The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy HuffPost: The president is set to announce which states and communities are receiving some $750 million in federal grants for the expansion and improvement of early …

What else would you buy instead of tests?

In a recent exchange on the AASL Forum…

David Loertscher:
If there are 50 million students in U.S. schools and $ 2.5 billion is spent on testing, then, I think that computes out to $500 per student. Just think what …

What Would You Do With A $1,000 Classroom Grant?

A reader asked me what classroom technology she should purchase with $1,000. My response:

I’d install whiteboards on every vertical surface in the room. I’d make sure I had a good document camera. And I’d probably purchase video capture equipment, …

When Programming Becomes Persuasion

Journalism: So Long, NYT Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse

NYT buys union narrative. Chicago teachers not under Wisc.-style attack, had already beaten Rahm back @greenhousenyt http://t.co/s9AQwtwG

— alexanderrusso (@alexanderrusso) September 11, 2012

He didn't cover teachers unions all that frequently. I didn't always admire his work when he did …

Thompson: Common Core’s Potential

The story line of NPR’s four stories on Common Core was entirely predictable. The excellence of reporting was equally predictable, as well as the great teaching it showcased. Even so, it left me more saddened than ever about the Common …