10:51 AM, Apr 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There may actually be some movement in the long struggle to change and improve the way children are educated in this country. The forces of the status quo – especially the teachers' unions – have fiercely resisted just about every reform and they have considerable power. Still, the occasional cracks to appear and the latest is an endorsement of charter schools by USA Today in an editorial that states:
... evidence from the 20-year-old charter experiment mounts ... that top-performing charters have introduced new educational models that have already achieved startling results in even the most difficult circumstances.
3:03 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama announced today that he's "asked the Vice President to lead an effort that includes members of my Cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January -- proposals that I then intend to push without delay."
9:49 AM, Sep 11, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The strike by Chicago teachers continues. It is a hardship for parents and one more tough break for the students in Chicago's public schools, some 40 percent of whom drop out before graduating high school. Equally unfortunate are the 20 percent who do graduate but are still functionally illiterate. But the strike is also an opportunity for some, including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who famously said that, in politics, you never want to let a good crisis go to waste.
An education agenda for Mitt Romney.Jun 11, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 37 • By FREDERICK M. HESS AND ANDREW P. KELLY
The Republican presidential candidates have spent the past year saying little about education. When they have addressed the issue, it has often been in terse calls to “turn off the lights” at the U.S. Department of Education.
"With a vegetated 'green' roof, a 10-lane swimming pool and a cyber cafe."4:41 PM, May 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama on Friday will "speak with juniors and graduating seniors and their parents about the need to prevent interest rates on federal subsidized student loans from doubling on July 1" at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the White House announced earlier today.
A journey to the land of charter schools12:00 AM, Oct 15, 2010 • By MATT PATTERSON
Philip Brand has made an extraordinary journey.
Beginning in New Hampshire in September, 2008, Brand and his brother Evan spent seven months traveling the country, visiting two schools in each state (except Alaska). They visited inner-city schools, home schools, suburban schools, rich schools, poor schools--all in a painstaking attempt, as Brand puts it, to “understand American schooling.” The result of this sojourn is an invaluable, sometimes heart-breaking, treatise on the state of contemporary American schools.
Good for thee, not for me.11:53 AM, Sep 29, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
President Obama was asked recently about "Waiting for 'Superman,'" the Davis Guggenheim documentary about public education which depicts a handful of qualified inner-city students competing for a limited number of spaces in charter schools.
"Waiting for 'Superman'" premiere highlights D.C.'s public school woes.11:59 AM, Sep 16, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The new documentary Waiting for "Superman", which premiered last night at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., follows several American students in suffering school districts and the reformers trying to fight and change the education system. But it was Michelle Rhee, the chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools and one of the film's subjects, who vocalized perhaps what many in the audience had been thinking during the screening.
11:34 AM, Apr 21, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
New Jersey governor Chris Christie is getting results:
New Jersey voters took a stand on school spending and property taxes Tuesday, rejecting 260 of 479 school budgets across 19 counties, according to unofficial results in statewide school elections.
An educational opportunity.12:00 AM, Mar 25, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
President Obama missed a host of opportunities to remedy Washington’s fever of polarization during the health care debate. Instead of forging a bipartisan coalition and ratcheting back the campaign-style rhetoric, he agreed to a one-party strategy and consistently demonized his opponents with over the top rhetoric.
Mr. Obama also falsely raised citizens’ expectations that one bill or a new government program could remedy all that ails us. Government is no wonder drug. It cannot deliver all the life altering promises on the president’s wish list.
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