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,…

STUDY ESTIMATES COST OF TRANSITION TO NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS AT $16 BILLION

New study finds that aligning state and local educational systems to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math will cost the 45 states plus the District of Columbia that have adopted them nearly $16 billion over seven years.

Moving the Goalposts on NCLB

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Massachusetts and nine other states made news last week by…

IS THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW BY DIRECTING STANDARDS, TESTS, AND CURRICULA?

Despite three federal laws that prohibiting the federal government from directing, supervising or controlling K-12 curricula, the U.S. Department of Education has placed the nation on the road to a national curriculum.

A halfhearted school budget

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You know you’re in for trouble when a school district with…

Pioneer to Participate in U.S. History Competition for Students

Pioneer to Participate in U.S. History Competition for Students; “We the People” promotes U.S. history and civics education

Chipping away at charters

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

Can employers require job applicants to have a high school diploma?

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BNA, a subsidiary of Bloomberg L.P., is a great source of…

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…

Virtual Schools, Actual Learning: Digital Education in America

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Pioneer Institute event to feature state and national online education leaders.

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,…

Does Mass. exclude low-achievers from national education tests?

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Last week, in reporting the national test results on how our…

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…

Life lessons from Steve Jobs

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In a blog post entitled Bill Gates doesn't like the liberal…

Is student achievement in Massachusetts falling flat?

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

Dumb and Dumber

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You can agree or disagree on most bills in the State House.…

Proven Approaches to Dropout Prevention

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

Parent Power

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(image from DropOutNation.net) Used to be that Massachusetts…