Falling short on the Lawrence school turnaround

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In November 2011, the Board of Education decided to put the…

A big test at Madison Park Vocational

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Over the past decade, while there has been incremental success…

Perspectives on the Romney education plan

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A round-up of various perspectives on Governor Romney's education…

The wrong lesson on national standards

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Dear David, Congratulations on becoming the new head of the…

Massachusetts' Katrina Moment

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In a previous job, I spent a lot of time in major Massachusetts…

Not grateful about "charter cap lift"

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The 2010 Achievement Gap bill that was passed by both the House…

How are the Rural Poor Doing at School?

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Massachusetts is a wealthy place. We are among the wealthiest…

Romney and Obama tussle on education

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So let the games begin. Finally, the presidential candidates…

Self-dealing among education officials

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I’m conflicted about how to say this. Getting stuff done…

Conflicts of Interest in MA's adoption of national standards

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“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because…

Handwaving away opposition to the national standards

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Periodically, over at the Fordham blog, Checker Finn does his…

Mandatory Volunteerism

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The last decade has seen an explosion in the number of middle…

Are Turnaround Schools Just Spin?

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The waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act will,…

Moving the Goalposts on NCLB

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Massachusetts and nine other states made news last week by…

Chipping away at charters

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Charter school approvals are granted in February. They shouldn't…

What is blended learning?

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A number of readers of recent posts on virtual (or digital) learning…

Tough Times on virtual learning

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Back at the start of December, I blogged on the need for both…

The wrong strategy to fix Lawrence public schools

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With a wondrous display of British understatement, the state’s…

Rise of the Zune Monopolists

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"Understand, I am not for monopoly when we can help it,”…

Some lessons for virtual learning

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There is so much energy in the virtual learning space right…

National standards will define local curricula

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I don’t know why (well, actually, I do) the national standards…

Myths about National Standards: Myth #2

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The French painter, poet, novelist, director, etc., Jean Cocteau…

Myths About National Standards: Myth #1

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Being half Greek and long a admirer of Classical Antiquity,…

What will adoption of national standards cost Massachusetts schools?

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It’s always struck me as odd that with all the talk about…

Massachusetts: Flatlined on national tests?

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EdWeek's Erik Robelen is reporting on the just released national…

Halloween, Headless Horsemen and Literature in our Schools

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The Headless Horseman, painting by John Quidor. In this season…

Inspector Clouseau-style accountability

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I noted two weeks ago that recent MCAS data don’t tell a…

Steve Jobs on education in America

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Tip of the hat to Whitney Tilson for passing around excerpts…

Is student achievement in Massachusetts falling flat?

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The short answer that will come in this and blog posts in the…

Proven Approaches to Dropout Prevention

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Tomorrow the state's Joint Committee on Education will meet…