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As Budgets Swell, Spending Choices Get New Scrutiny

with Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Friday, March 23, 2007

When lawmakers in Arkansas increased school funding by more than $700 million over the past three years to improve student achievement, they wanted the money to be spent on instructional coaches for teachers, tutors for struggling students, and smaller class sizes in reading, math, and science...

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Diane Ravitch Responds to the NY Post

by Diane Ravitchvia NYC Public School Parents
Friday, March 23, 2007

The New York Post ran an editorial yesterday (March 21) called "Potemkin Protesters," claiming that parent opposition to the city's latest reorganization plan has been manufactured by the UFT and "the far-left Working Families Party" so as to "derail school reform..."

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CSU teachers: Reward with no risk

with Tibor R. Machanvia Orange County Register
Friday, March 23, 2007

The California State University system's teachers union has found a way to make a bad situation worse: threaten to go on strike...

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Too bad taxpayers can't go on strike

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, March 23, 2007

In a free society, when employers and employees negotiate on terms of trade, both sides are free to walk away from the table...

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Utah heats up long-simmering school-voucher debate

with Milton Friedmanvia Christian Science Monitor
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Governor has signed into law the first 'universal' voucher program in the US...

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Administration Wants Districts Free to Transfer Teachers

with Hoover Institutionvia Education Week
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Bush administration wants district officials to have the freedom to override collective bargaining contracts while staffing their most troubled schools, but the controversial proposal could face an uphill battle against a Democratic-led Congress and the teachers’ unions...

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For the record: Desperate times for education

with Eric Hanushekvia Sacramento Bee
Monday, March 19, 2007

Last week, editorial board members met with education experts connected with the just-released "Getting Down to Facts," a package of 22 studies on school finance and governance in California by 55 researchers from across the country...

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Out of Many, One

with Diane Ravitchvia New York Sun
Thursday, March 15, 2007

When the founding fathers chose the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum — out of many, one — as the national motto, an event that took place concurrent with the 13 colonies declaring their independence, the intent was to dramatize the reality that these 13 separate entities had indeed come together as one...

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Education Next: Flawed Research by Educational Software Companies Comes at High Cost to Schools

with Education Nextvia Business Wire
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

In a rush to meet requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act that instructional materials purchased with federal aid be scientifically proven effective, educational software companies are promoting research that is substandard and often misleading, according to a new report in the spring 2007 issue of Education Next...

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Which Status Quo Should We Change?

with Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

In their Feb. 21, 2007, letter to the editor rebutting Diane Ravitch’s Commentary on the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce ("‘Tough Choices’: Radical Ideas, Misguided Assumptions," Jan. 17, 2007), Thomas W. Payzant and Charles B. Reed build their case on the claim that the United States has the second-most-expensive system of education in the developed world, but only mediocre results...

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