State Chiefs: Common Core Requires Flexibility, Not a Pause

The Council of Chief State School Officers is rejecting calls for a moratorium on any high stakes tied to the Common Core State Standards, and is instead suggesting that states have almost all of the power they need to smooth …

Iowa Bill Creates Teacher Career-Ladder Program

Iowa teachers will have the opportunity to assume new roles as “model,” “mentor,” and “lead” teachers, along with additional pay, under a bill passed May 22 and headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.

This piece of legislation is a …

AM News: Here Comes Steve Jobs’s Widow

Steve Jobs’s Widow Sets Philanthropy Goals NYT: Laurene Powell Jobs has tiptoed into the public sphere, pushing her agenda in education as well as global conservation, nutrition and immigration policy.

Money contines to pours, unevenly, into LA Unified school board

Tennessee to Offer Teacher-Transfer Bonuses

The Tennessee education department last week announced plans to offer financial bonuses to teachers with top evaluation scores who work in low-performing “priority schools.”

Using its share of federal School Improvement Grant funds, the state will give $7,000 signing bonuses …

AM News: Feds Want Education Funds Back

Obama administration seeks return of state education funds Hattiesburg American: Those funds served in lieu of the collection of local property taxes and subsidized schools, roads and first-responder services around the country — despite the fact that the local governments receiving the payments have

BFTP: The Disillusionment Curve

A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post April 26, 2008.  Comments on the original post suggest that low expectations are the true

CORE Districts to Make Big Changes to Try to Win NCLB Waiver

The nine California districts seeking their own version of a No Child Left Behind Act waiver plan to make significant changes to their request to increase their odds of winning this flexibility.

Armed with feedback from the U.S. Department of

More on the RESPECT Blueprint: Attracting the Desperate and the Naive

“. . . attracting a high-performing and diverse pool of talented individuals to become teachers and principals is a critical priority” (p. 5).  For all the Arne-talk about attracting the best and the brightest, the chart from p. 24 of this Orwellian version of teacher respect…

Education in America: right or privilege?

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Teck Check – Goal Six – Enlightened Leadership

For a number of years, I’ve used a set of simple checklists to help districts begin conversations about the “state of the state” of their technology implementations.

Based on five long-term goals I first articulated in the article, Maslow and