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List for Schools Seems to Grow More Wishful

with Eric Hanushekvia New York Times
Saturday, November 25, 2006

If Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer and the State Legislature hold to the spending floor set by the state’s highest court this week and allocate $2 billion a year in additional education aid for New York City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein will have to slash their long and expensive wish list for the city’s public schools...

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Excellent teaching trumps licensing

with Hoover Institutionvia Boston Herald
Saturday, November 25, 2006

There seems to be little difference in teacher effectiveness among certified teachers, the uncertified and those who enter the profession under the new “alternative” (often midcareer) certification schemes, according to a major study of nearly 52,000 teachers in New York City...

Analysis and Commentary

The Challenge in Science

by Diane Ravitchvia New York Sun
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This week, many families will take advantage of the holiday to take their children to the Rose Science Center at the American Museum of Natural History, to the Hall of Science in Queens, or to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City...

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School Case Now Goes to Spitzer

with Eric Hanushekvia New York Sun
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A new ruling from the state's highest court that the state owes only a fraction of the money demanded in a long-running lawsuit on behalf of New York City schools shifts the issue onto Governor-elect Spitzer...

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Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too?

with Diane Ravitchvia Columbia University Teachers College
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

If there was a central question at issue during the College's recent two-day symposium on the federal No Child Left Behind Act, it was whether the country should set its sights on more realistic (and potentially more meaningful) achievement targets than NCLB presently endorses, or whether the law's current goal -- of universal student proficiency in reading and math by 2014 -- is the most powerful way to ensure improved outcomes for poor, minority and disabled students...

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Education Next: New Study Finds Teacher Certification Matters Little for Student Learning

with Hoover Institution, Education Nextvia Business Wire
Monday, November 20, 2006

A new study published in the winter issue of Education Next finds virtually no difference in the average impact on student achievement between traditionally certified teachers in New York City and those who entered teaching without certification, through Teach for America (TFA) or through the city’s Teaching Fellows programs -- a finding that could have significant impact on the debate over the reauthorization of NCLB and the law’s “highly qualified” teachers provision...

In the News

Students face philosophical tug of war

with Diane Ravitchvia Contra Costa Times
Sunday, November 19, 2006

In ancient Greece, Socrates tested his students through conversations...

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Schoolkids Get Sci-Fried

with Diane Ravitchvia New York Post
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Biology and chemistry are second-class subjects in New York City, where fourth- and eighth-grade students struggled with a new federal test to assess their science skills, officials revealed yesterday...

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Teacher Quality, Not a Year-End Bonus, Produces Quality Students

with Terry M. Moevia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 9, 2006

Despite Terry Moe's enthusiastic endorsement ("Management 101 for Our Public Schools," editorial page, Oct. 31), there is nothing "revolutionary" about an idea that has been around since the 19th century...

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Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint

with Diane Ravitch, Frederick M. Hessvia Columbia University Teachers College
Monday, November 6, 2006

The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is raising positive expectations for special education students and focusing attention on the educational needs of poor and minority youth....


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The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.