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Blogs: Slam AACTE, Question New Haven, Worry About CMOs

Let's Keep it Real Charlie Barone (Hates AACTE)
Some of the strongest criticisms of teacher prep have, and continue to, come from within the field. Change, however, largely has not.

New Haven Contract = Trojan Horse? Mike Antonucci
We shouldn’t be too optimistic about reforms in AFT districts spreading to other AFT districts (see Cincinnati performance pay, Toledo peer review, Rochester “living contract,” et al.).

Education secretary may be giving up on school reform David Ellison (SJ Mercury News)
I would rather Duncan emulate Frederick Douglass, who boldly assailed the entire immoral institution that made Tubman necessary. Tumblr_krbnkcSMcG1qzj1h3o1_400

Laughed Out of the Room GothamSchools (Aaron Pallas)
To be a good prospect for scaling up in a Goal Four project, an intervention must previously have been shown to be effective in at least one site, using rigorous methods for assessing cause-and-effect relationships.

Today's Quote D-Ed Reckoning
"Why the belief that SES is causal is so deep and wide is perplexing and astounding. The only explanation I can come up with is that it lets publishers, professors and other "authorities", who ARE causally responsible, off the hook." (Dick Schultz)

CMOs:  Expansion, Survival, and Impact Tom Toch
Many of these organizations are going to be hard-pressed to deliver the many schools that Duncan wants from them.

Plans Unveiled for 'Bracey Memorial Fellowship' Inside Research
Friends of the late Gerald W. Bracey are looking to start a doctoral fellowship in his name.

Should Private Money Fund Public Schools? National Journal
Private donations are covering $18,000 of the $225,000 annual salary paid to a school superintendent in Indiana. In Boston, public schools worked with corporations, along with pro and collegiate sports teams, to boost school athletic budgets by more than 60 percent over the next three years ($4 million to $6.5 million).

FTC Forces Baby Einstein Refund Slate
The unusual move from Disney comes under the threat of a class-action lawsuit from parents who say they were conned into buying Baby Einstein because the products purported to be good for babies' development.

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