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    Archive for the ‘Ed. Policy’ Category

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    Educational leadership and mission creep?

    As President of Teachers College, Columbia University1, Dr. Susan Fuhrman recently faced criticism on two fronts. First, there was significant criticism (and even a quiet protest at graduation) over the decision to award the TC Medal of Distinguished Service to New York State Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. According to one petition to stop this award, As […]

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    The more things change…

      Two recent articles caught my attention. It’s hard to read them together and not shake your head. The First Race to the Top by William Reese, professor of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison The testing groundwork was laid in 1837, when a lawyer and legislator in Massachusetts named Horace Mann became […]

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    (Re)Introducing the Virginia Education Report

    A while back, my edu-colleague Chad Ratliff asked me if I was interested in joining him in an effort to create a space for “independent” reporting and commentary on educational policy issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was a terrific idea, and soon the Virginia Education Report was born. We had lots of grand […]

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    HACK(ing) SCHOOL(ing): One Week, One “Book”

    The great Audrey Watters and I are pleased to announce a new project. Borrowing liberally from the Hacking the Academy project, we are calling for submissions to a new “book” with the working title of Hack(ing) School(ing). Like the Hacking the Academy process, we will take submissions only for one week! Description In offering explanations […]

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    Triangulation or Strangulation?

    In the span of the last two weeks, three articles were published about the role of for-profit corporations in K-12 online learning. Individually and collectively, they are serious and comprehensive pieces of investigative journalism and they all reach similar conclusions and raise serious concerns about the role of these companies, especially K12, Inc., in the […]

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