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Obama Reauthorization Blueprint for NCLB
posted by: Colin | March 22, 2010, 09:29 am   

Last week the Obama administration released a reauthorization blueprint for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, designed to advise lawmakers on reauthorization of his predecessor's signature education accomplishment: No Child Left Behind. Overdue for reauthorization since 2007, NCLB reform would fulfill a campaign promise and might offer an opportunity for bipartisanship after a grueling party-line health care reform battle. Continue Reading...

Distinguished Educator's Editorial Challenges Union Attitudes Toward Reform, Defends Teachers
posted by: Colin | March 10, 2010, 01:42 pm   

Professor emeritus and founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University, Dr. Kevin Ryan published an editorial calling on the country to muster the courage to challenge the "eight hundred pound gorilla" preventing real reform in schools—the teacher unions: Continue Reading...

Star-Ledger: NJ Teachers Union Obstinacy Foolishly Leaves Money on the Table
posted by: Colin | March 08, 2010, 10:53 am   

According to an editorial in The Star-Ledger, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) has ensured that New Jersey will receive none of the $4 billion dollars available to states in the Race to the Top program. The NJEA "bristled" at charter school expansion and remains fundamentally opposed to merit pay, two reforms President Obama has emphasized in the program. Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Round 1 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | March 04, 2010, 01:08 pm   

Today the Department of Education announced the states that will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion effort to reward reforms, such as friendly charter school laws and tying pay to student performance, with cash, and in these tough economic times 41 states applied for the federal dollars. Continue Reading...

Charter School Bill Dies in WV Senate, Unions Blamed
posted by: Colin | March 03, 2010, 11:08 am   

West Virginia State Sen. Erik Wells, a Democrat representing Kanawha, killed his own charter schools bill, criticizing the unions who opposed the legislation. "Who's standing up for students of this state?" Wells asked during his speech on the senate floor, "It's not AFT, it's not WVEA." Sen. Wells accused the unions of attacking his family because he sends his daughter to private school. Although Sen. Wells was elected in 2006 with union support, one teacher union has endorsed Wells' primary opponent. Continue Reading...

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