Charts: Why Gov. Christie’s So Mad About Education Spending

As you can see from the above chart, NJ spends relatively lots on schools – but still gets beaten or matched academically by other states like MA that spend 20 percent less (Unequal Funding ) Makes you angry, right? …

120 business leaders urge Congress to increase pre-K funding

A group of 120 business leaders from across the country have sent a nonpartisan letter to Republican and Democratic congressional budget leaders urging them to boost funding for early childhood education. Earlier this year President Obama called on Congress to…

Thompson: OK Governor Tries To Halt Debate Over A-F Grading

Oklahoma educators are tensely awaiting the long-delayed A-F School Report Card touted by Chief for Change member State Superintendent Janet Baressi. The mistake-plagued report card has been repeatedly pulled back from public release as errors were adjusted and readjusted. 

As the …

AM News: Election Day For Teacher-Bashing NJ Governor

Chris Christie Reportedly Lashes Out At Teacher Melissa Tomlinson HuffPost: On Saturday, just days before the state gubernatorial election, the candidate reportedly argued with Buena Regional Middle School teacher Melissa Tomlinson at a campaign stop in Somers Point.

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WISE: The world’s most important education conference

Education is constantly confronted with a dual threat:
1. Acknowledgement that it is a foundation for all human progress and able to lift regions and society out of poverty,
2. Public policy and investment that denies the value of education.…

What sort of open do you want?

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I’ve been thinking about openness in education a lot recently (my plan is to write a book on this, more on that later). And I’ve slowly, probably years after everyone else, come to the conclusion that it’s …

The Richest Nation in the World Has the Highest Child Poverty Rate: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

And Why Aren’t We More Ashamed?

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) recently released a report entitled A New Majority:  Low Income Students in the South and the Nation that reveals low income children are a majority of students in 17 …

The importance of support positions

 In a comment to my recent post, The Librarian Bonus, Renee observes:

I agree with your suggestion. [That librarians fill the role of technology integration specialist.] I just sent your blog post to our Director of Libraries and

Earning the right to preach

I watched the tweets from the WISE13 conference with interest. One that caught my eye (and rather made it water) was Gordon Brown extolling the value of education and its benefits for society. You can see his talk below:

It’s …

Media: 12 Problems With Politico’s TFA Story (+1 With TFA)

Writing about TFA is fun.  I do it all the time.  They're the most iconic school reform organization out there.  People love them or hate them (or like me, it depends on the day).  There's always something new …