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Five Best Blogs: What's There To Critique?

Child-by-mail The Truth About Testing Columbia J-School:  The two-day intensive workshop will tackle these questions and more. Educators, testing experts and veteran journalists will gather to discuss how to report on test design, innovation in testing, cheating, and whether widespread use of standardized tests can trigger reforms that will eventually narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor. 

Education Is Priceless Andrew Sullivan:  ""Andreas Schleicher, head of analysis at PISA, thinks that only about 10% of the variation in pupil performance has anything to do with money."

Turnaround Eduwonk: In too few places have local school leaders stepped-up and acknowledged that there is a serious problem. 

Something for Nothing on Teachers? EdSector: It seems silly to maintain the ineffective highly qualified teacher provisions when so many states are already designing evaluation systems based on teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom. But it doesn’t have to be something for nothing. 

Film chronicles the cost of poor pay, particularly over time, for teachers. SFC: A new documentary opening in New York City on Friday is a rebuttal of sorts to the pundits and politicians who are eager to battle unions and write teachers off as the over-protected recipients of Cadillac benefits, extended summer vacations and low expectations.

In Defense of Head Start FFYF: Proven success rates in school healthier behaviors and positive actions are what programs like Head Start deliver What is there to critique? 

Stossel on charter schools Doug Hering: He picks apart a department of education study that said that charter schools did not perform as well as their traditional public school counterparts. 

LA school's cheating prompts new policy for charter group CA Watch: "That's the unfortunate thing. One employee wiped it out for everyone." 

Urban School Reform as Housing Policy Matt Yglesias: The link between schooling and place isn’t vanishing any time soon, and it’s important not just to improve the schools where poor kids happen to live, but to ponder the larger dynamic of how improved conditions in urban neighborhoods all-too-often simply prices housing out of the reach of current residents.

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