January 9, 2012 | Posted At: 06:23 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: (Who Cares What) Research Says , Five Best Blogs [Of The Day]
Five Best Blogs: "Race" Threats, Waiver Responses, Research Coverage
Race to the Top states fail to deliver Chicago Tribune (editorial page): Give money to states that had solid reform plans but finished out of the running because a Hawaii or a Rhode Island promised things it couldn't deliver. Otherwise, the Obama administration is going to look like it got chumped.
Two Things to Watch in 2012 Tom Hoffman: Threats by the feds or a state to take away a state/district's RttT money make news almost daily now. The question is how many times can you pull on this slender lever before it snaps.
Whose Race to the Top? Education Optimists: Is this an entirely disinterested reform effort? Many others have raised concerns about the neoliberalism inherent in RTTT, which shapes the dominance of private business interests over common public goods.
How 'Public' is NCLB Waiver Judging? Politics K12: The Education Department is refusing to make details of the letters available, at least for now. Officials have indicated they will make the letters public once some sort of decision has been reached on the waivers
When reporters use (s)extrapolation as sound bites Sherman Dorn: I don’t think Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff wrote the paper to attract reporters’ interest by section 5 — if so, it wouldn’t really be section 5. But Friedman certainly went there in the interview, and Lowrey used it.
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“No Excuses” Teacher Support Neerav Kingsland: Education reform debates often pit “no excuses” charter schools against the greater national teaching workforce. This is generally tiresome on all fronts. In particular, a critical element — teacher support — isn’t even in the ring.
Getting Better at Teacher Preparation and State Accountability CAP: When President Obama submitted his fiscal year 2012 budget to Congress in March, it included provisions that will make a big difference for the nation’s teacher quality and student-achievement goals.
‘No excuses’ for teachers, but plenty for kids Joanne Jacobs: "By allowing ourselves no excuses, and doing whatever it takes to make students successful, we often find ourselves accepting excuses from them.”