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Five Best Blogs: Look At The Sad Beautiful Sunset


Education Cuts Could Swing the 2012 Election The Fiscal Times: “When people are faced with the option of more layoffs of public employees, cuts in services or higher property taxes, they’re not going to be happy with any of the people that are in office,” predicted Howard Fleeter, a research consultant for the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus.

Educator not always voucher advocate PTR:  School voucher advocate Michelle Rhee says she doesn't buy claims that using tax money to send children to private schools will worsen the experience for students who remain in low-performing schools.

The New No Excuses Jay Greene Blog: Someone please explain to me why 21% of middle and upper income Anglos in Oregon should be illiterate.

With concentrated poverty on the rise, should ed reformers be worried? Hechinger Report: In New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, the number of people in high-poverty neighborhoods declined over the past decade.In other education reform hotspots, however—including Denver, Houston and Memphis—it’s on the rise.

Report Tackles School Turnaround The Educated Reporter: No one likes to talk about it, but we all know schools where it might actually be best if the doors simply shut and didn't reopen. However, closing schools -- and using the federal grant money to make room for more students at a district's campuses that are thriving already-- probably doesn't make superintendents popular.


Public schools vs. charter schools: Robert Niles:   For this, we're exempting charter schools from state regulations, union contracts and voter oversight? For this we are diverting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars that local schools could put to better use? 

Principals rebel against ‘value-added’ evaluationValerie Strauss: Scores of public school principals in New York are fighting the state’s new educator evaluation system, which ties the evaluations and pay of teachers and principals to how well students do on standardized tests. 

Why Can't School "Reformers" Listen to Education Experts? John Thompson:Accountability hawks are making a mistake, however, in not recognizing Ravitch's following as a potentially great asset. We practitioners could be invaluable for theorists trying to make sense of our complex educational system. 

The Problem With Paying Teachers Less TIME: You know how people in the corporate world attract highly qualified employees? They actively recruit smart people into the field, use head hunters to find only the very best applicants and pay the most-qualified employees large salaries to keep them happy and dedicated to their jobs. 

Experienced Teachers Aren’t The Problem Philadelphia Inquirer: Rhee insisted that LIFO is getting rid of our best teachers, arguing that layoffs should be based on job performance instead of seniority. In an Inquirer commentary, Rhee cited an Urban Institute study to support her view that scrapping LIFO is a matter of “common sense.”

Amazon Launches e-Library for Kindle The Atlantic:  Having burned and pillaged its brick-and-mortar book-selling competition, Amazon.com has spotted a new competitor to challenge: The public library.  

Leaders And Lemons Eduwonk: Although the study, which will be released on Nov. 4, underscores the challenge of creating quality schools, it also makes clear that it is indeed possible to build a lot of schools that are game-changers for a lot of students.



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