Connecting the People on the Scene of an Emergency at Your School

The following is a guest post by Erik Endress.

In the days following December 14th, 2012 school administrators, educators, law enforcement personnel and parents have undertaken the most comprehensive look at school safety since the Columbine massacre of 1999. While …

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 …

Uniquely Unqualified

In case you missed it because it’s the end of August and you’re on a news embargo, Governor Christie has appointed a new Superintendent for the Camden City schools. The governor says that his new appointee, Paymon Rouhanifard, 34, has …

Arne Duncan Attaches More Strings to NCLB Waiver Renewals

Two years after offering states waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility.

Barring a reauthorization …

Arne Duncan: Integration Alone Doesn’t Equal a World-Class Education


On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on educators and students to advance a civil rights agenda that presses for equal opportunities—and not just equal rights.

“Integration …

AM News: Three States Warned On Teacher Evaluation

NCLB waivers at risk in three states Politico: Oregon plans to appeal its status to the department in the next 10 business days. Washington, with its hands tied by state law, said it can't do much until the legislature convenes in …

BFTP: Damned by a single measure

A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past.  Original post June 19, 2008. The political calls for high-stakes testing seem to growing rather than abating –

BFTP: Your library’s back-to-school letter


A weekend Blue Skunk “feature” will be a revision of an old post. I’m calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post A Library’s First Contact with Parents, August 10, 2008. These posts, Gary Stager, “Oh, Those

Strengthening College and Career Readiness: New Evidence on the Impact of School Counselors

There is precious little research demonstrating the value of school counselors on student achievement, with good reason – it is difficult to demonstrate the impact of counselors on standardized test scores, which have come to define achievement in recent years. …

Arne Duncan: Fewer Layoffs Than Expected, But Sequestration Still ‘Heartbreaking’

Back in February, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and warned that school districts could be forced to cut 40,000 teacher jobs, thanks to a series of across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration