AM News: Things Ed Groups Would [Still] Like DC To Do

Reform groups call for release of delayed teacher prep regs [again] Politico: The groups say the new regulations are held up at the White House Office of Management and Budget, which reviews them before publication in the Federal Register. How long …

Great Academia Action

Justin Reich pours a little water on Carnegie Learning’s claims that their Cognitive Tutor program “doubles” a year’s worth of Algebra learning:

But where I’m flummoxed is how we are supposed to provide practicing educators with the tools to evaluate …

BFTP: A second Thanksgiving Day

A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post, July 5, 2008.

curmudgeon: An ill tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or

Quotes: Badly Funded, By Definition

The United States is one of only three rich countries that spends less on disadvantaged students than on other students — largely because education funding for elementary and secondary schools in the United States is tied to local property taxes.

AM News: Districts Cutting PD During Key School Year

Sequestration Effects: 59 Percent of Districts Cut Professional Development PoliticsK12: Districts are dealing withautomatic, across-the-board trigger cuts of federal education funding by slicing professional development (59 percent of districts), eliminating personnel (53 percent), increasing class size (48 percent), and deferring technology …

Language Education in the US: A Dangerous Deficit

This is a guest post from Amelia Friedman, a senior at Brown University. Amelia is also founder of Student Language Exchange, which introduces undergraduate students to languages and cultures that they do not have formal access to through their …

NAEP Testing to be Scaled Back Because of Budget Tightening

Cross-posted from Inside School Research.

Baltimore, Md.

Several national tests in the suite known as the Nation’s Report Card have become another victim of the federal sequester cuts.

The 2015 budget estimates by the federal Office of Management and …

Media: 7 Things I Learned From The LA Times’ TFA Article

Here are the seven most interesting things I learned from the recent LA Times article about TFA written by Howard Blume:

7 – The Walton Foundation's giant contributions to TFA make up less than 5 percent of its annual budget.…

AM News: A-F Grading Advocates Consider Revisions To Model

Tony Bennett scandal sparks new discussion on validity of school grading Tampa Bay Times: Patricia Levesque, who helped create the A-F grading model and now runs former Gov. Jeb Bush's two education foundations, said the dustup in Florida doesn't mean …

Tune in to Forum discussion of Common Core

A previous Forum experience – in the studio at KQED with Spencer Michels. We were discussing teacher evaluation (8/18/10).

[8/1/13 edits: updated to past tense, noted changes in lineup, and added final thoughts]

I was among the guests on KQED