July 2010

Recess round-up: July 30, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! At-risk youth: A teacher reflects on teaching at a detention facility in Alaska. (Associated Press via Albany Times Union) Curriculum: A middle school teacher in Washington state finds a way to combine his love of teaching with […]

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Reviving desegregation from the dead

I’ve attended a couple of conferences on school desegregation in the past two years, where I’ve encountered the same small group of civil rights activists and sociologists worrying about the demise of desegregation policies around the country and the resurgence of racially segregated schools. So it’s interesting to see Education Next, a journal edited by […]

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Recess round-up: July 29, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! ARRA: The U.S. Department of Education urges states and school districts to spend money to alleviate the impact of layoffs. (Thompson Publishing Group) Charter schools: As New York “moved to raise the bar for achieving a ‘proficient’ rating […]

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Recess round-up: July 28, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Education in America: GOOD and the University of Phoenix have partnered to foster thought and action around education. Together, they’ve developed graphics like this one on the dropout epidemic. (GOOD) Mayoral control: The Detroit City Council opted once again not to […]

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Firing the wrong teachers?

Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington D.C. public schools, made a splash last week when she fired 241 teachers in her efforts to overhaul a system where just eight percent of eighth-graders perform at grade level in math, but nearly all teachers are rated as excellent. But what if Rhee fired the wrong teachers? That’s a scenario […]

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Recess round-up: July 27, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Race to the Top: Round Two finalists were announced today by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Meanwhile, Nick Anderson of The Washington Post writes that President Obama’s education agenda is hitting a wall in Congress.  Stay tuned for The […]

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Recess round-up: July 26, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Assessing the tests: Critics say New York City has awarded teachers and principals millions of dollars in bonuses, and ranked schools based on “phony” test scores. Meanwhile, others say it’s too easy for teachers to teach to the test. (New […]

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When should a leader apologize?

To apologize or not to apologize, that is the question. It’s not quite the question Hamlet asks himself, but it is a question facing leaders on a regular basis. When is an apology necessary? When might it actually do more harm than good? And why does it seem like leaders are apologizing nonstop nowadays? These […]

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Recess round-up: July 23, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Education entrepreneurship: University of Pennsylvania’s Dough Lynch wants to “create one of the nation’s only business incubators dedicated to education entrepreneurs.” (Associated Press) Student pass rates: Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott defended a formula that lets schools […]

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Reversing lagging U.S. college completion rates: What will it take?

There was a time when the U.S. could boast it had the highest percentage of its adult population aged 25-34 with college degrees, but it’s been a long time since anyone could make that claim. Lately, there’s been a great deal of attention focused on the need to ramp up the number of college graduates, and […]

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