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Five Best Blogs: A Case Is Made For "For-Profit Teaching"

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Surprises in Early Learning Challenge New America:  Pennsylvania, long regarded as a leader in coordinating its early learning services, didn’t win. Neither did Oklahoma, famous for its state-funded pre-K program. ALSO:  Race to Top Early Learning: Tales of Woe for 3 States Politics K12. 

An RTT Cookbook With One Recipe Title I Derland (Guest Post):  Could we also lose very good, effective teachers — teachers who produce high value-added scores — simply because their particular “style” of teaching does not match the rubric?  

2012 Plan of Action StudentsFirst: Improve local schools in some of the most populous states and in states where the need is great by passing student-focused reforms.Elect pro-reform candidates. Influence Federal legislation, like the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind.

Denita’s Choice Mike Goldstein:  Is it annoying that some guys are getting rich off this? Yes. Is it ridonkulous that the largest shareholder is Michael Milken, the junk bond king from the 1980s? Yes. With all that said, will more parents choose online charters (combined with home schooling) in the coming years, and will taxpayers underwrite more of these schools? Yes.

What's So Bad About For-Profit Teaching? John Bailey:  Given the urgency of improving the US education system, we can no longer afford to shut out an entire group of providers. 

Software Eats The World The Atlantic: Retail, advertising, communications, and entertainment: You're down. Health care and education: You're up next. 


Billionaire Education Policy: Part 2 (Guest Post) Education Optimists: Billionaire policymaking is the elephant in the room, but nobody seems sure how to approach it. I say that we should name the elephant, but we don’t have to shoot him. There is a middle road.

A great charter school hustle Mike Klonsky: The commission also has the power to monitor the same charters it authorizes. Richmond is the commission's chairman... Starting next July, Richmond's commission can begin collecting a fee from every new charter it creates. The more charters, the more money in its budget to authorize more charters.  And so it goes. Bada-bing. Bada-boom.

Jon Stewart takes on Obama’s school reform — again The Answer Sheet:  Jon Stewart showed considerable restraint this week when he welcomed Melody Barnes, President Obama’s chief of domestic policy, on The Daily Show.

The Mess of No Child Left Behind The Atlantic: Are the schools in Florida actually that much worse than the schools in Wisconsin? Under the current model, it is impossible to tell. 

Closing the achievement gap, but at gifted students’ expense Hess and Petrilli: At this very moment, millions of high-achievers are waiting to be challenged. Meeting their needs is another objective worthy of a great nation. They deserve our encouragement, not our indifference. CAP Responds:  Ulrich Boser: Most of these [AP-taking] kids are prepared to do the work, despite what their teachers seem to think... The nation’s top students have actually been gaining ground in a number of areas.


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