Federal Guidance Given States on Testing Flexibility

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

In new guidance issued Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests being designed …

Jobs for top US businesses

The rate of unemployment in the USA has dropped from approximately 7.6 per cent to around 7.4 per cent. Above has marked probably the least rate since what was observed in the year 2008 the month of December. More Americans …

Union and District Leaders Collaborate at CalTURN

The headlines concerning teachers unions and policymakers usually concern some kind of conflict, ranging from divergent positions on bills and ballot measures, to lawsuits and strikes. These stories mostly emerge at the state level, or from the larger cities and …

Update: Diverse NOLA Charter Opens, Duncan Nixes ELL Preference

Remember that school in the works a couple of years ago in New Orleans, where the goal was to take some of the best elements of private progressive and structured charter schools and make a diverse environment?  

Its founder, …

Thompson: Did Dunbar High School Have To Be Sacrificed?

Alison Stewart, in her excellent new book, First Class, which documents the rise and fall of Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High School, does not do counter-factual history. Maybe I shouldn’t either, but I can’t help myself.

Stewart tells the powerful story …

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

Washington

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 …