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Hoover Daily Report by topic: Administration: Unions, Boards

March 16, 2010 | Intelligence Squared US (NY)

Don’t blame teachers unions for our failing schools

Individual teachers, perhaps the overwhelming majority of them do care about their students but the union's job is to advocate for teachers, not for education. . . .

March 18, 2010 | Gotham Schools

TV debate places union friends and foes in a blame game

The head of a national teachers union and the former U.S. Secretary of Education squared off on a televised debate program this week over the question of whether teachers unions are to blame for failing schools. . . .

March 17, 2010 | Christian Science Monitor

Education reform: Can poor test scores get a teacher fired?

Imagine if a computer could identify the weakest-link teachers – the ones who should be told it's time to get out of the classroom. . . .

March 16, 2010 | Cafe Hayek

Hayek in Texas

Is Hayek an important enough economist to be taught in Texas schools alongside Keynes and Friedman? . . .

March 15, 2010 | Education Week (subscription required)

Interest Turns to ESEA Plan's Chances of Passing

Now that the Obama administration has unveiled its blueprint for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, attention is shifting to whether the proposal will win sufficient support from lawmakers, policymakers, and education advocates to assure passage. . . .

March 8, 2010 | Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal

California’s Lowest Performing Schools: The 187 Proposition

Trying to obtain more federal aid for its beleaguered public-ed system, the State of California has come out with its list of the 187 “persistently lowest-achieving schools”. . . .

March 6, 2010 | New York Times (registration required)

School’s Shake-Up Is Embraced by the President

A Rhode Island school board’s decision to fire the entire faculty of a poorly performing school, and President Obama’s endorsement of the action, has stirred a storm of reaction nationwide, with teachers condemning it as an insult and conservatives hailing it as a watershed moment of school accountability. . . .

March 2, 2010 | New York Times Magazine (registration required)

Building a Better Teacher

ON A WINTER DAY five years ago, Doug Lemov realized he had a problem. . . .

March 3, 2010 | Forbes

School’s Out

Diane Ravitch’s important new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, will surely stir controversy, exactly as she intends. . . .

February 26, 2010 | Washington Post (registration required)

Business principles won't work for school reform, former supporter Ravitch says

For those who believe that performance pay and charter schools pose a threat to public education and that a cult of testing and accountability has hijacked school reform, an unlikely national spokeswoman has emerged. . . .