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In the News

Teachers reach deal on performance-based pay

with Diane Ravitchvia Daily News
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The city and the teachers union reached a landmark deal today that will let educators retire earlier with a full pension in exchange for a first-ever performance-based pay system...

In the News

Researchers to Study N.Y.C.’s School Improvement Efforts

with Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Monday, October 15, 2007

Scholars, activists, and business and education leaders have launched a new research group that will study what works, and what doesn’t, in New York City’s widely watched bid to improve its schools...

Analysis and Commentary

Can't keep politics out of education

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Monday, October 15, 2007

Governments for the most part run the country's schools, and, while some variation is still evident in how they are administered, there is a pretty strong movement toward one-size-fits-all policies...

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Checker & Rick: Change NCLB's Goals

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Monday, October 15, 2007

Chester E. Finn Jr. and Frederick M. Hess (aka Checker and Rick) keep saying that NCLB, as as its currently constructed, won't result in better schools...

Analysis and Commentary

When state proficiency standards are lowered, there will be No Child Left Behind

by Liam Julianvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 14, 2007

California's state test scores leveled off in 2007, after having jumped seven percentage points in the previous two years...

In the News

No Child Left Behind: Hands-On Where It Should Be Hands-Off and Vice Versa

with Diane Ravitchvia Huffington Post
Saturday, October 13, 2007

As Bush prods Congress to reauthorize No Child Left Behind he has rightfully taken a tremendous amount of heat for his seemingly well-intentioned but poorly-executed education law...

In the News

Leave no (none, zero, nada) child behind?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly
Thursday, October 11, 2007

Passed by Congress in late 2001 and signed by President George W. Bush one year after his inauguration, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the most ambitious federal education statute ever...

In the News

Presidential Candidates Don't Use Education Scholars

with Diane Ravitch, Eric Hanushek, Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Education Week
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wondering why education's great academic minds -- Ravitch, Fuller, Hoxby, Hanushek, Murnane, whomever -- aren't in the fray advising the major presidential contenders like their counterparts in other fields?

Analysis and Commentary

Michigan's tests leave children behind

by Liam Julianvia Detroit News
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Low passing scores create 'proficiency' illusion that sets up students for failure...

In the News

Book Bits

with Diane Ravitchvia Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Three books about language, a review of 'The Spanish Bow,' and readers' picks...


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